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Attitudes Towards Immigration - Does Economic Self-Interest Matter

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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.

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

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7517

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