Bitterness in Life and Attitudes Towards Immigration

26 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2015

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Panu Poutvaara

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Faculty of Economics; ifo Institut - Leibniz-Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universitaet Muenchen e.V.; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); CReAM; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Max Friedrich Steinhardt

Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centro Studi Luca D'Agliano (LdA); Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI)

Date Written: November 24, 2015

Abstract

Integration of immigrants is a two-way process, the success of which depends both on immigrants and on natives. We provide new evidence on the determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration, using data from the 2005 and 2010 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel. In particular, we show that bitterness in life is strongly associated with worries about immigration. This effect cannot be explained just by concerns that immigrants are competing with oneself in the labor market. Instead, it appears that people who feel that they have not got what they deserve in life oppose immigration for spiteful reasons.

Keywords: immigration, bitterness, native attitudes

JEL Classification: D720, F220, J610

Suggested Citation

Poutvaara, Panu and Steinhardt, Max Friedrich, Bitterness in Life and Attitudes Towards Immigration (November 24, 2015). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5611, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2706421

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