Economic Uncertainty, Job Threat and the Resiliency of the Millennial Generation's Attitudes Toward Immigration

Social Science Quarterly, 2015, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2015

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Ashley Ross

Sam Houston State University

Stella M. Rouse

University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics

Date Written: April 15, 2015

Abstract

By drawing a distinction between conditional and prevalence factors that affect immigration attitudes, we examine if the recent economic recession has influenced the Millennial Generation’s attitudes about immigration, compared to non-Millennials. Using data from the 2008 American National Election Study, we conduct logit analysis to estimate the effects of theoretically relevant factors on immigration attitudes. Our results indicate that even in the face of poor economic conditions that disproportionately impacted Millennials, this cohort’s attitudes toward immigration are quite resilient. While Millennials’ immigration attitudes vary across a number of determinants, overall, they are more tolerant of immigration than non-Millennials. Millennials’ tolerance of immigration is consistent with their general liberal beliefs. This is true even under the conditional impact of economic self-interest and the conditional and prevalence impact of culture during the recession — a time when Millennials could have been susceptible to factors mitigating their feelings toward immigrants.

Keywords: immigration, Millennials, immigration attitudes, economic recession

Suggested Citation

Ross, Ashley and Rouse, Stella M., Economic Uncertainty, Job Threat and the Resiliency of the Millennial Generation's Attitudes Toward Immigration (April 15, 2015). Social Science Quarterly, 2015, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2597376

Ashley Ross (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University ( email )

1803 Ave I
Huntsville, TX 77341
United States

Stella M. Rouse

University of Maryland, Department of Government and Politics ( email )

3140 Tydings Hall
College Park, MD 20742
United States

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