EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence from the United States

Anna Maria Mayda (), Giovanni Peri () and Walter Steingress ()

No 24510, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: In this paper we study the impact of immigration to the United States on the vote for the Republican Party by analyzing county-level data on election outcomes between 1990 and 2010. Our main contribution is to separate the effect of high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants, by exploiting the different geography and timing of the inflows of these two groups of immigrants. We find that an increase in the first type of immigrants decreases the share of the Republican vote, while an inflow of the second type increases it. These effects are mainly due to the local impact of immigrants on votes of U.S. citizens and they seem independent of the country of origin of immigrants. We also find that the pro-Republican impact of low-skilled immigrants is stronger in low-skilled and non-urban counties. This is consistent with citizens' political preferences shifting towards the Republican Party in places where low-skilled immigrants are more likely to be perceived as competition in the labor market and for public resources.

JEL-codes: F22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-int, nep-mig, nep-pol, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2018-04
Note: ITI POL
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (4) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.nber.org/papers/w24510.pdf (application/pdf)
Access to the full text is generally limited to series subscribers, however if the top level domain of the client browser is in a developing country or transition economy free access is provided. More information about subscriptions and free access is available at http://www.nber.org/wwphelp.html. Free access is also available to older working papers.

Related works:
Working Paper: The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence from the United States (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence from the United States (2018) Downloads
Working Paper: The Political Impact of Immigration: Evidence from the United States (2018) Downloads
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: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbr:nberwo:24510

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.nber.org/papers/w24510
The price is Paper copy available by mail.

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-14
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:24510