Economics Seminar Series: Giovanni Facchini, University of Nottingham

Title: Immigrant Selection into Politics: Evidence from Norway

2018.07.05 | Bodil Krog

Date Tue 18 Sep
Time 14:15 15:30
Location Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V, building 2632(L), room 242

Presenter: Giovanni Facchini, University of Nottingham

Title: Immigrant Selection into Politics: Evidence from Norway (with Bernt Bratsberg, Tommaso Frattini and Anna Rosso)

Abstract: What drives an immigrant's decision to run for office in the destination country? To what extent do incentives differ between natives and immigrants? We answer these questions using a unique dataset covering the universe of individuals running for local elections in Norway between 2007 and 2015. We uncover several interesting results. First, while immigrants are less likely than natives to be candidates, a significant number of them do run for office; second, immigrant candidates are more educated than both natives and the underlying population and third, immigrant candidates are slightly younger than natives, even if the age gap among candidates is smaller than in the underlying populations. To rationalize these different patterns of selection into politics we build a simple theoretical model of the decision to run for office, where differential returns to labor market experience between immigrants and natives play a key role. Assessing the implications of the model using our unique dataset indicates that immigrants' political and economic integrations are closely intertwined.

Organizer: Marcel Smolka

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