The Political Economy of Social Exclusion with Implications for Immigration Policy

27 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2004

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Mark Gradstein

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Maurice Schiff

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Date Written: March 2004

Abstract

Minorities, such as ethnic and immigration groups, have often been subject to exclusion through labor market discrimination, residential and employment segregation policies, business ownership regulations, restrictions on political participation, access to public services and more. This paper studies the dynamics of minority exclusion. From the viewpoint of the dominant majority, the exclusion decision balances the motive to redistribute income in its favor and the interest in avoiding potential civic unrest or even violent confrontation with the minority by allowing inclusion of some of its members. The analysis also has implications for immigration policies which have to take this group dynamics into account.

Keywords: social exclusion, dynamics, immigration policy

JEL Classification: D74, H41, I20, J61

Suggested Citation

Gradstein, Mark and Schiff, Maurice W., The Political Economy of Social Exclusion with Implications for Immigration Policy (March 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=526007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.526007

Mark Gradstein

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Maurice W. Schiff (Contact Author)

Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

Bonn
Germany

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