Title

The Political Consequences of Ethnic Tension: Theory and Evidence

Author First name, Last name, Institution

Kemal KKvann Akkz
K. Peren Arin
Christina Zenker

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

SSRN Electronic Journal

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

By counting the number of articles published in major US newspapers containing carefully selected keywords, we construct a time varying measure of ethnic tension. Then, we empirically test the predictions of a theoretical model by using the aforementioned measure, and investigate how ethnic tension affects presidential approval ratings by different ethnic groups. Our results show that while ethnic tension decreases the approval by white voters, the opposite is true for the approval by African American voters. Further scrutiny reveals that this may be explained by the fact that government transfers to African Americans increase as a result of higher ethnic tension.

ISSN

1556-5068

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Green: A manuscript of this publication is openly available in a repository

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