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Gil S. Epstein and Odelia Heizler
''Minorities and Political Success''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.1 )
In this paper, we focus on the effect of belonging to one or more minority groups on the probability of success in primary elections. We use a unique dataset of candidates in Israeli primaries. Our main finding is that belonging to one minority group decreases the probability of winning; however, belonging to two minority groups increases the probability of winning. Thus, being a new immigrant, a woman or a Muslim decreases the chances of electoral success (relative to a native male); however, a candidate who is a woman and a new immigrant, for example, has an advantage in the race. In some cases of candidates belonging to two minority groups, their chances of success are not only higher than for a candidate from one minority group, but also than for a candidate from the majority.
Keywords: minority group, election, primaries.
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
Manuscript Received : Jun 23 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 23 2018

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