Are Political and Economic Integration Intertwined?

51 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019

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Bernt Bratsberg

Kansas State University - Department of Economics; University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Giovanni Facchini

University of Nottingham

Tommaso Frattini

University of Milan

Anna Rosso

University of Milan

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Abstract

Economic incentives play a key role in the decision to run for office, but little is known on how they shape immigrants' selection into candidacy. We study this question using a two-period Roy model and show that if returns to labour market experience are higher for migrants than natives, migrants will be less likely to seek office than natives. We empirically assess this prediction using administrative data from Norway, a country with a very liberal regime for participation in local elections. Our results strongly support our theoretical model and indicate that immigrants' political and economic integration are closely intertwined.

Keywords: immigration, local elections, candidacy decision, labour markets

JEL Classification: F22, J45, P16

Suggested Citation

Bratsberg, Bernt and Facchini, Giovanni and Frattini, Tommaso and Rosso, Anna, Are Political and Economic Integration Intertwined?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12659, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3468607

Bernt Bratsberg (Contact Author)

Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Manhattan, KS 66502-4001
United States

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

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N-0349 Oslo
Norway

Giovanni Facchini

University of Nottingham ( email )

University Park
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Tommaso Frattini

University of Milan ( email )

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

Anna Rosso

University of Milan ( email )

Via Conservatorio 7
Milano, 20122
Italy

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