Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right-Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes Toward Immigration

35 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2015

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Alexandra Avdeenko

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

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Abstract

This study analyzes the importance of parental socialization on the development of children's far right-wing preferences and attitudes towards immigration. Using longitudinal data from Germany, our intergenerational estimates suggest that the strongest and most important predictor for young people's right-wing extremism are parents' right-wing extremist attitudes. While intergenerational associations in attitudes towards immigration are equally high for sons and daughters, we find a positive intergenerational transmission of right-wing extremist party affinity for sons, but not for daughters. Compared to the intergenerational correlation of other party affinities, the high association between fathers' and sons' right-wing extremist attitudes is particularly striking.

Keywords: political preferences, extremism, gender differences, longitudinal data, intergenerational links

JEL Classification: C23, D72, J62, P16

Suggested Citation

Avdeenko, Alexandra and Siedler, Thomas, Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right-Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes Toward Immigration. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9356. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672142

Alexandra Avdeenko (Contact Author)

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Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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University of Essex ( email )

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