"Love Thy Neighbour"? The Effect of Income and Language Differences on Votes for Municipal Secessions
Simon Lapointe ()
No 107, Working Papers from VATT Institute for Economic Research
This paper studies voters' preferences on municipal borders in a setting with cohabiting linguistic communities. It takes advantage of unique data from referendum results in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2004, which allows a direct investigation of voter preferences. I find that differences in income and language affect the likelihood of secession. Notably, I also find that these effects are interdependent, suggesting that the support for a local secession is affected to some degree by out-group aversion. Finally, I find that voters are willing to pay additional taxes to live in their jurisdiction of choice.
Keywords: secession; diversity; voter behaviour; municipal mergers; Local public finance and provision of public services; D72; H73; H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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