Unemployment and Attitudes Towards Foreigners in the European Union: A Statistical Analysis

Ira N. Gang

Rutgers University - Economics Department; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Francisco Rivera-Batiz

Columbia University

July 1996

Rutgers University Working Paper 96-12

This paper provides a statistical analysis of the attitudes towards foreigners displayed by European citizens. It is found that, holding other things constant, unemployed Europeans do not have more negative attitudes towards foreigners than the employed. On the other hand, an increased concentration of immigrants in local neighborhoods significantly increases the likelihood of negative attitudes towards foreigners, everything else the same. These results suggest that it is the increased visibility of immigrants in Europe, not the rise of unemployment rates per se, that has been associated with recent anti-foreigner sentiment in the region.

JEL Classification: J61, J15, D7

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Date posted: November 13, 1996  

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Gang, Ira N. and Rivera-Batiz, Francisco, Unemployment and Attitudes Towards Foreigners in the European Union: A Statistical Analysis (July 1996). Rutgers University Working Paper 96-12. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=3490

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Ira N. Gang (Contact Author)
Rutgers University - Economics Department ( email )
75 Hamilton Street
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1248
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HOME PAGE: http://econweb.rutgers.edu/gang/research
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
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Bonn, D-53072

Francisco Rivera-Batiz
Columbia University ( email )
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
212-678-3152 (Phone)
212-854-5935 (Fax)
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