DP12212 Electoral Systems, Taxation and Immigration Policies: Which System Builds a Wall first?

Author(s): Massimo Morelli, Margherita Negri
Publication Date: August 2017
Date Revised: December 2018
Keyword(s): Median voter, migration, Occupational choice, Proportional representation, taxation, Walls
JEL(s): D72, F22
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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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.