Constitutional Rules of Exclusion in Jurisdiction Formation
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Working Paper #231
Posted: 28 Dec 1998
Date Written: February 1998
The rules under which jurisdictions (nations, provinces) can deny immigration or expel residents are generally governed by a constitution, but there do not exist either positive or normative analyses to suggest what types of exclusion rules are best. We stylize this problem by suggesting four constitutional rules of admission: free mobility, admission by majority vote, admission by unanimous consent, admission by a demand threshold for public goods. In a simple model we characterize the equilibria that result from these rules, and provide a positive theory for which constitutional rule will be chosen.
Note: A previous version of this paper circulated under the title "On the Right of Exclusion in Jurisdiction Formation."
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