Economics at your fingertips  

Minorities and Political Success

Gil Epstein () and Odelia Heizler ()
Additional contact information
Odelia Heizler: Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College

Economics Bulletin, 2018, vol. 38, issue 1, 657-671

Abstract: In this paper, we focus on the effect of belonging to one or more minority groups on the probability of success in primary elections. We use a unique dataset of candidates in Israeli primaries. Our main finding is that belonging to one minority group decreases the probability of winning; however, belonging to two minority groups increases the probability of winning. Thus, being a new immigrant, a woman or a Muslim decreases the chances of electoral success (relative to a native male); however, a candidate who is a woman and a new immigrant, for example, has an advantage in the race. In some cases of candidates belonging to two minority groups, their chances of success are not only higher than for a candidate from one minority group, but also than for a candidate from the majority.

Keywords: minority group; election; primaries. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 D7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03-23
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Economics Bulletin from AccessEcon
Bibliographic data for series maintained by John P. Conley ().

Page updated 2019-08-23
Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-17-00499