Ethnic diversity and political participation: the role of individual income

Bellettini, Giorgio ; Berti Ceroni, Carlotta ; Monfardini, Chiara (2017) Ethnic diversity and political participation: the role of individual income. Bologna: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche, p. 45. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/5736. In: Quaderni - Working Paper DSE (1114). ISSN 2282-6483.
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Abstract

We exploit a unique dataset merging data on individual socio-economic characteristics and political participation in an Italian municipality to investigate the relationship between ethnic diversity in residential neighborhoods and individuals' propensity to vote. We document a sizable negative impact of diversity on overall electoral turnout which reflects differential effects at the individual level, depending on household equivalent income. Specifically, we show that ethnic heterogeneity in the neighborhood reduces the political participation of the poor, while it fosters that of the more affluent. These results highlight a potential democratic deficit stemming from reduced and unequal electoral turnout in increasingly ethnically heterogeneous neighborhoods.

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Bellettini, GiorgioUniversità di Bologna0000-0002-6768-9506
Berti Ceroni, CarlottaUniversità di Bologna0000-0002-2196-2087
Monfardini, ChiaraUniversità di Bologna0000-0002-0453-4785
Keywords
Ethnic heterogeneity, Electoral turnout, Income
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2282-6483
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15 Feb 2018 11:43
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