Ethnic Diversity, Public Spending, and Individual Support for the Welfare State: A Review of the Empirical Literature

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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: April 2013

Abstract

We review the empirical literature that studies the effect of ethnic diversity on public spending and on individual support for the welfare state. The survey puts a particular focus on 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 and have not been covered by a survey before.

Keywords: Experiments, Immigrants, Immigration, Social security, Welfare state

Suggested Citation

Stichnoth, Holger and Van der Straeten, Karine, Ethnic Diversity, Public Spending, and Individual Support for the Welfare State: A Review of the Empirical Literature (April 2013). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pp. 364-389, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2229648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6419.2011.00711.x

Holger Stichnoth (Contact Author)

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
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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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