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

Mark Gradstein, Maurice Schiff

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Population Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2006


  • Assimilation
  • Conflict
  • Immigration policy
  • Social exclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Economics and Econometrics


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