Democratic Involvement and Immigrants' Compliance with the Law

59 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2017

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Michaela Slotwinski

Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Cédric Gorinas

Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI)

Abstract

Many people are concerned about societal cohesion in the face of higher numbers of foreigners migrating to Western democracies. The challenge for the future is to find and adopt institutions that foster integration. We investigate how the right to vote in local elections affects immigrants' compliance with the law. In our study for Denmark, we exploit an institutional regulation that grants foreigners local voting rights after three years of stay. Relying on register data, we find causal evidence that the first possibility to vote considerably reduces the number of legal offenses of non-Western male immigrants in the time after elections.

Keywords: migration, voting rights, immigrant integration, crime, RDD

JEL Classification: D02, K42, J15

Suggested Citation

Slotwinski, Michaela and Stutzer, Alois and Gorinas, Cédric, Democratic Involvement and Immigrants' Compliance with the Law. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10550. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923633

Michaela Slotwinski (Contact Author)

Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel ( email )

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

Peter Merian-Weg 6
4002 Basel
Switzerland
0041 61 267 3361 (Phone)
0041 61 267 3340 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.wwz.unibas.ch/stutzer/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Cédric Gorinas

Danish National Institute of Social Research (SFI) ( email )

Herluf Trolles Gade 11
DK-1052
Copenhagen K, DK-1052
Denmark

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