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The redistributive effects of enfranchising non-citizens. Evidence from Sweden

Inigo Iturbe-Ormaetxe, Santiago Sánchez-Pagés and Angel Solano-Garcia ()
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Angel Solano-Garcia: Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.

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No 21/10, ThE Papers from Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada.

Abstract: We study theoretically and empirically the redistributive effects of extending voting rights to non-citizens. Our model predicts a tax increase when newly enfranchised voters represent a sufficiently large fraction of voters. We study the 1975 Swedish electoral reform that extended voting rights to non-citizens in municipal elections. In the first term after the reform, there was a tax increase that was not repeated in subsequent terms. This increase was stronger the greater the foreign population in the municipality. This effect was concentrated in municipalities where the size of the non-citizen population was large enough to upturn the previous electoral outcome.

Keywords: : Immigration; Conflict; Income redistribution; Inequality; enfranchisement. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D74 F22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50 pages
Date: 2021-10-20
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-eur, nep-his, nep-ltv and nep-mig
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