Attitudes Towards Immigration: Does Economic Self-Interest Matter

Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, Jakob Roland Munch, Sanne Schroll, Jan Rose Skaksen

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In this paper, we re-examine the role of economic self-interest in shaping people's attitudes towards immigration, using data from the European Social Survey 2002/2003. Compared to the existing literature, there are two main contributions of the present paper. First, we develop a more powerful test of the hypothesis that a positive relationship between education and attitudes towards immigration reflects economic self-interest in the labour market. Second, we develop an alternativeand more direct test of whether economic self-interest mattersfor people's attitudes towards immigration. We find that whilethe "original" relationship between education and attitudes found in the literature is unlikely to reflect economic self-interest, there is considerable evidence of economic self-interest when using the more directtest.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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