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"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

Abstract: 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)
Date: 2018
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