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Immigration and Electoral Support for the Far-Left and the Far-Right

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  • Edo, Anthony
  • Giesing, Yvonne
  • Öztunc, Jonathan
  • Poutvaara, Panu

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Immigration has become one of the most divisive political issues in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and several other Western countries. We estimate the impact of immigration on voting for far-left and far-right candidates in France, using panel data on presidential elections from 1988 to 2017. To derive causal estimates, we instrument more recent immigration flows by past settlement patterns in 1968. We find that immigration increases support for far-right candidates and has no robust effect on far-left voting. The increased support for far-right candidates is driven by low educated immigrants from non-Western countries.

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  • Edo, Anthony & Giesing, Yvonne & Öztunc, Jonathan & Poutvaara, Panu, 2018. "Immigration and Electoral Support for the Far-Left and the Far-Right," Annual Conference 2018 (Freiburg, Breisgau): Digital Economy 181564, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:vfsc18:181564
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    Keywords

    Voting; Immigration; Political economy;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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