Minority Salience and Political Extremism

Tommaso Colussi, Ingo Isphording, Nico Pestel

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

We investigate how the salience of an ethnic minority affects the majority group's voting behavior. We use the increased salience of Muslim communities during Ramadan as a natural experiment. Exploiting exogenous variation in the distance of election dates to Ramadan over the 1980-2013 period in Germany, our findings reveal an increased polarization. Vote shares for both right- and left-wing extremist parties increase in municipalities with mosques when an election takes place shortly after Ramadan. We use survey data to provide evidence on mechanisms: Ramadan increases respondents' perceived share of the foreign-born population and emphasizes cultural dissimilarities, ultimately worsening attitudes towards Muslims.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-37
Numero di pagine37
RivistaAMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL. APPLIED ECONOMICS
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • Salience

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