Journal of Population Economics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 327–344 | Cite as

The political economy of social exclusion, with implications for immigration policy

Original Paper


Minorities such as ethnic and immigration groups have often been subject to exclusion through labor market discrimination, residential and employment segregation policies, business ownership regulations, restrictions on political participation, access to public services, and more. This paper studies the dynamics of minority exclusion. From the viewpoint of the dominant majority, the exclusion decision balances the motive to redistribute income in its favor and the interest in avoiding potential civic unrest or even violent confrontation with the minority. The analysis also has implications for immigration policies, suggesting that they have to take this group dynamics into account.


Social exclusion Conflict Assimilation Immigration policy 


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A much earlier version of the paper was presented in seminars at George Mason and Yale Universities. The comments received there as well as those of Marcelo Olarreaga, Marta Reynal-Querol, and anonymous referees are gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions with which they are associated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.CEPRLondonUK
  3. 3.CESifoMunichGermany
  4. 4.The World BankWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.IZABonnGermany

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