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How Does Living Under Left-Wing Authoritarianism Affect Refugees Who Settle in Democracies? Evidence From Soviet Refugees (WP-23-16)

Valentin Bolotnyy, Mayya Komisarchik, and Brian Libgober

The researchers use data on Jewish refugees resettled in the United States between 1938 and 2005, along with survey data on Israeli citizens born in the Former Soviet Union, to demonstrate the persistent downstream political consequences of socialization under left-wing authoritarian regimes. Using a within-family research design that allows them to identify the effect of spending more time under left-wing authoritarianism relative to younger siblings, they show that additional years spent under such regimes result in a higher likelihood of voting and of identifying with right-wing political parties after immigration to democratic countries.

Valentin Bolotnyy, Kleinheinz Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Mayya Komisarchik, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester

Brian Libgober, Assistant Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University

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