What Drives Individual Attitudes Towards Immigration in South Africa?

16 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2013

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Giovanni Facchini

University of Nottingham

Anna Maria Mayda

Georgetown University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mariapia Mendola

University of Milan - Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano (LdA); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for European Studies (CefES)

Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

This paper empirically investigates the determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration in South Africa using the 1996, 2001 and 2007 rounds of the World Values Survey, looking at the role played by both economic and non‐economic drivers. Our findings suggest that economic characteristics that work through the labor marketare not likely to explain the observed variation in individual preferences. We find instead some evidence for the role played by non‐economic drivers, in particular by the ethnic background of the respondent and his/her religious affiliation. Our analysis thus highlights the importance of cultural factors for the design of migration policy in South Africa.

Suggested Citation

Facchini, Giovanni and Mayda, Anna Maria and Mendola, Mariapia, What Drives Individual Attitudes Towards Immigration in South Africa? (May 2013). Review of International Economics, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 326-341, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2251698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roie.12039

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