Ethnic Diversity and Attitudes Towards Redistribution: A Review of the Literature

34 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2009

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Holger Stichnoth

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Karine Van der Straeten

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

We review the empirical literature that studies the effect of ethnic diversity on the welfare state and on individual attitudes. The outcome variables that we cover in the survey are on the one hand public spending, and on the other hand individual attitudes and behaviour, including charity spending. We also review the fast-growing literature that uses experiments to study the effects of ethnic diversity. Many of these studies have appeared since the pioneering survey by Alesina and La Ferrara (2005a), and have not been covered by a survey before.

Keywords: redistribution, social security, welfare state, immigration, ethnic diversity, survey

JEL Classification: H53, H55, I38, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Stichnoth, Holger and Van der Straeten, Karine, Ethnic Diversity and Attitudes Towards Redistribution: A Review of the Literature (2009). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 09-036. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434847 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1434847

Holger Stichnoth (Contact Author)

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
L 7,1
D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

Karine Van der Straeten

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Laboratoire d'Econometrie ( email )

1 rue Descartes
Paris, 75005
France

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