Do Employers Support Immigration?

Trinity Economics Papers No. 1107

32 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2007 Last revised: 29 Jul 2010

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Yuji Tamura

Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University; ANU Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

Date Written: July 29, 2010

Abstract

This association study examines whether or not employers are more likely to support immigration than employees, using Round 1 of the European Social Survey. We focus on the labor-market impact of immigration in the host country because it is likely to affect employers and employees differently. Namely, employers may benefit when workers are negatively affected in the labor market. We find evidence to suggest that employers are more likely to be pro-immigration than employees, provided that immigrants are thought to compete with employees who are already in the country. Or else, when immigrants are thought to compete with employers rather than employees, employers are more likely to be anti-immigration than employees.

Keywords: immigration, opinion, preference, employer, EU, ESS

JEL Classification: F22, J15, J21, J23, J71

Suggested Citation

Tamura, Yuji, Do Employers Support Immigration? (July 29, 2010). Trinity Economics Papers No. 1107. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1021941

Yuji Tamura (Contact Author)

Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University ( email )

Melbourne, VIC 3086
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/economics

ANU Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

Canberra, ACT 2600
Australia

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