The Effect of Far Right Parties on the Location Choice of Immigrants: Evidence from Lega Nord Mayors

Bracco, Emanuele and De Paola, Maria and Green, Colin Peter and Scoppa, Vincenzo (2017) The Effect of Far Right Parties on the Location Choice of Immigrants: Evidence from Lega Nord Mayors. Working Paper. Lancaster University, Department of Economics, Lancaster.

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Abstract

Immigration has increasingly taken centre-stage in the political landscape. Part of this has been rise in far-right, anti-immigration parties in a range of countries. Existing evidence suggests that the presence of immigrants has a substantial effect on the political views of the electorate, generating an advantage to these parties with anti-immigration or nationalist platforms. This paper explores a closely related issue but overlooked issue: how immigrant behavior is influenced by these parties. We focus on immigrant location decisions in Northern Italy which has seen the rise of the anti-immigration party Lega Nord. We construct a dataset of mayoral elections in Italy for the years 2002-2014, and calculate the effect of electing a mayor belonging to, or supported by Lega Nord. To identify this relationship we focus on mayors who have been elected with narrow margins of victory in a Regression Discontinuity framework. The election of Lega Nord mayor discourages immigrants from moving into the municipality.

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02 Mar 2017 09:30
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