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

15 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2011

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Thitima Puttitanun

San Diego State University

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

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

Date Written: January 10, 2011

Abstract

The literature has noted that native views about legal as opposed to undocumented immigration in the United States 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 toward 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 regard to legal and undocumented immigration and their determinants. Native preferences toward 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 toward 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.

JEL Classification: J61, F22

Suggested Citation

Puttitanun, Thitima and Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina, Gender Differences in Native Preferences Toward Undocumented and Legal Immigration: Evidence from San Diego (January 10, 2011). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 31-45, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1738115 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2010.00210.x

Thitima Puttitanun

San Diego State University ( email )

San Diego, CA 92182-0763
United States

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (Contact Author)

San Diego State University - Department of Economics ( email )

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
United States
619-594-1663 (Phone)
619-594-5062 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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