Do far-right mayors increase the probability of hate crimes? Evidence from Italy

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Recently, the Italian media has been talking about "a racist emergency" in the country, using alarmist tones that have been scale down by the leader of the League - a far-right, anti-immigrant party - Matteo Salvini. Who is right? Is there a racist emergency in Italy? And, more broadly, what are the factors that make hate-crimes more likely to occur? Anecdotal evidence shows that members of anti-immigrant parties, with their xenophobic rhetoric and behaviours, can spread a feeling of hatred towards foreigners.

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