The Impact of Welfare Benefits on Natives' and Immigrants' Attitudes Towards Immigration

WWWforEurope Working Paper Series 82

55 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2015

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Peter Huber

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO); Mendel University in Brno

Doris Oberdabernig

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Date Written: February 14, 2015

Abstract

We investigate whether the dependence of immigrants on welfare benefits leads to opposition to further immigration by natives and immigrants in a pooled cross-section of 21 European countries for the 2004-2010 period. Explicitly controlling for the dependence of immigrants and natives on benefits we find that higher benefit take-up rates among immigrants than among natives lead to less favourable attitudes of natives towards immigration. Interestingly, we do not find similar stylised facts for immigrants' attitudes towards immigration.

Keywords: immigration, welfare state, migration attitudes

JEL Classification: F22, J15, H53, I38

Suggested Citation

Huber, Peter and Oberdabernig, Doris, The Impact of Welfare Benefits on Natives' and Immigrants' Attitudes Towards Immigration (February 14, 2015). WWWforEurope Working Paper Series 82, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2565081 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2565081

Peter Huber (Contact Author)

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

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Mendel University in Brno ( email )

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Brno, South Moravia 61200
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Doris Oberdabernig

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) ( email )

P.O. Box 91
Wien, A-1103
Austria

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