Unauthorized Immigration and Electoral Outcomes

45 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2015

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Nicole Baerg

University of Mannheim

Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Myriam Quispe-Agnoli

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

Using a unique methodology for identifying undocumented workers across counties in the state of Georgia in the United States, we find a negative relationship between the share of unauthorized workers and the share of votes going to the Democrats in elections. Furthermore, we show that this effect is more pronounced for the presence of unauthorized immigrants than Hispanics; is stronger in counties with higher median household income; and is substantively larger in U.S. Congressional elections than Gubernatorial or Senatorial elections. We discuss which political economy theories are most consistent with this set of findings.

Keywords: voting behavior, ethnic threat, economic threat, unauthorized, undocumented, illegal, immigration

JEL Classification: D27, P16, D63, J23

Suggested Citation

Baerg, Nicole and Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Quispe-Agnoli, Myriam, Unauthorized Immigration and Electoral Outcomes (December 1, 2014). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 14-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2550396 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2550396

Nicole Baerg

University of Mannheim ( email )

Universitaetsbibliothek Mannheim
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Germany

Julie L. Hotchkiss (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ( email )

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Myriam Quispe-Agnoli

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ( email )

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