28 Nov 2022 12:15

Mariapia Mendola - Refugee Crisis and Right-Wing Populism: Evidence from Italian Dispersal Policy

Meeting Room 1, San Giobbe Economics Campus

Economics Seminars are study seminars held on current research proposals or on studies carried out by eminent international researchers and teachers. They are an opportunity for discussion of new theories, developments, models and debates, focussing on various current economics topics.

Economics Seminars are generally held on Mondays at 12:15 in Meeting Room 1 (Complex A – San Giobbe Economics Campus – map).

Upcoming event:

Mariapia Mendola (University of Milano Bicocca) -  Refugee Crisis and Right-Wing Populism: Evidence from Italian Dispersal Policy (with F.Campo e S.Giunti)

This paper examines how the 2014-2017 ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Italy affected voting behavior and the rise of right–wing populism in national Parliamentary elections. We collect novel administrative data across all Italian municipalities and leverage exogenous variation in refugee resettlement induced by the Dispersal Policy. We find a positive and significant effect of the share of asylum seekers on support for radical-right anti-immigration parties, although small in magnitude. We further examine the underlying mechanisms behind the shift in political preferences and provide causal evidence that anti–immigration backlash is not rooted in adverse economic effects, while it is triggered by radical–right propaganda.


L'evento si terrà in inglese


Dipartimento di Economia (EcSeminars; CVera)

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