Gender Differences in Native Preferences Towards Undocumented and Legal Immigration: Evidence from San Diego

35 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2009

See all articles by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

San Diego State University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Thitima Puttitanun

San Diego State University

Abstract

The literature has noted that native views about legal as opposed to undocumented immigration in the U.S. differ. Furthermore, native views about immigration are known to vary by gender. Yet, most surveys do not inquire native men and women about their views with regards to the two distinct immigrant groups, thus impeding an analysis of differences in preferences towards legal and undocumented immigrants from the same sample of natives. Using a recent San Diego County survey, we examine differences in native male and female opinions with regards to legal and undocumented immigration and their determinants. Native preferences towards immigration appear to significantly differ by gender as well as according to immigrants' legal status. In addition, public finance and welfare concerns are among the key factors driving native male and female preferences towards legal and undocumented immigration. However, native women's attitudes are also impacted by concerns regarding the social integration and economic assimilation of undocumented immigrants possibly related to the alleged prejudice factor.

Keywords: gender, native preferences, undocumented immigration, legal immigration

JEL Classification: J61, F22

Suggested Citation

Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina and Puttitanun, Thitima, Gender Differences in Native Preferences Towards Undocumented and Legal Immigration: Evidence from San Diego. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4616. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1522684

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

Thitima Puttitanun

San Diego State University ( email )

San Diego, CA 92182-0763
United States

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