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Electoral Systems, Taxation and Immigration Policies: Which System Builds a Wall first?

Number: 104
Year: 2017
Author(s): Massimo Morelli, Margherita Negri.
Keywords: Proportional representation,Median voter,Taxation,Occupational Choice,Migration,Walls.
When exposed to similar migration flows, countries with different institutional systems may respond with different levels of openness. We study in particular the different responses determined by different electoral systems. We find that Winner Take All countries would tend to be more open than countries with PR when all other policies are kept constant, but, crucially, if we consider the endogenous differences in redistribution levels across systems, then the openness ranking may switch.
Massimo Morelli

Bocconi University
Margherita Negri University of St. Adrews

Language: English

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