Democratic Involvement and Immigrants' Compliance with the Law

Slotwinski, Michaela and Stutzer, Alois and Gorinas, Cédric. (2017) Democratic Involvement and Immigrants' Compliance with the Law. Discussion Papers Series, (10550). Bonn.

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Many people are concerned about societal cohesion in the face of higher numbers of foreigners migrating to Western democracies. The challenge for the future is to find and adopt institutions that foster integration. We investigate how the right to vote in local elections affects immigrants' compliance with the law. In our study for Denmark, we exploit an institutional regulation that grants foreigners local voting rights after three years of stay. Relying on register data, we find causal evidence that the first possibility to vote considerably reduces the number of legal offenses of non-Western male immigrants in the time after elections.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische Ökonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Slotwinski, Michaela and Stutzer, Alois
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:IZA Institute of Labor Economics
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
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