Immigration, Ethnic Diversity and Political Outcomes: Evidence from Denmark

Author
Abstract

I study the impact of immigration and ethnic diversity on political outcomes in immigrant receiving countries, focusing on the case of election outcomes and immigration in Danish
municipalities 1981-2001. A rich set of control variables isolates ethnic diversity effects from that of other immigrant characteristics and a novel IV strategy based on historical housing stock data addresses issues of endogenous location choice of immigrants. Immigration-driven
increases in ethnic diversity improve electoral outcomes for anti-immigrant nationalist parties. Increased nationalist success comes primarily at the expense of traditional left-wing parties,
although to a lesser extent possibly also at the expense of the non-nationalist right-wing parties.
The effects of immigration and ethnic diversity does not differ between municipal and national
elections, despite the very different issues decided at the two levels of government.

Year of Publication
2012
Number
569
Date Published
02/2012
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
7838
URL
Working Papers