"Love thy neighbour"? The effect of income and language differences on votes for municipal secessions
Lapointe, Simon (2018)
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This paper studies voters’ preferences on municipal borders in a setting with cohabiting linguistic communities. It takes advantage of unique data from referendum results in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2004, which allow a direct investigation of voter preferences. I find that differences in income and language affect the likelihood of secession. Notably, I also find that these effects are interdependent, suggesting that the support for a local secession is affected to some degree by out-group aversion. Finally, I find that voters are willing to pay additional taxes to live in their jurisdiction of choice.
D72, H73, H77
Secession, Diversity, Voter behaviour, Municipal mergers