Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution

Woojin Lee, John Roemer, Karine Van der Straeten

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Abstract

We model political competition as a contest between parties that represent constituents, and which announce policies in a two-dimensional policy space; the first dimension concerns the degree of redistribution, and the second, the race or immigration issue. Given the distribution of voter preferences on this space, a political equilibrium is determined. We study the effect that racist or anti-immigrant preferences in the polity have on equilibrium values of the redistributive policy. For the United States, there is a substantial reduction in distribution below what it counterfactually would have been, absent racism. For the UK, France, and Denmark, there are effects of the same sign, but with different magnitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-454
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
Volume4
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

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Xenophobia
Racism
Redistribution
Political competition
Redistributive policy
Immigrants
Political equilibrium
Immigration
Contests
Denmark
Vote
France

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Lee, W., Roemer, J., & Van der Straeten, K. (2006). Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution. Journal of the European Economic Association, 4(2-3), 446-454.

Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution. / Lee, Woojin; Roemer, John; Van der Straeten, Karine.

In: Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 4, No. 2-3, 01.04.2006, p. 446-454.

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Lee, W, Roemer, J & Van der Straeten, K 2006, 'Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution', Journal of the European Economic Association, vol. 4, no. 2-3, pp. 446-454.
Lee W, Roemer J, Van der Straeten K. Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution. Journal of the European Economic Association. 2006 Apr 1;4(2-3):446-454.
Lee, Woojin ; Roemer, John ; Van der Straeten, Karine. / Racism, xenophobia, and redistribution. In: Journal of the European Economic Association. 2006 ; Vol. 4, No. 2-3. pp. 446-454.
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