Why are the Elderly More Averse to Immigration When They are More Likely to Benefit? Evidence Across Countries
34 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: February 2, 2016
Using household surveys for 24 countries over a 10-year period, this paper investigates why the elderly are more averse to open immigration policies than their younger peers. The analysis finds that the negative correlation between age and pro-immigration attitudes is mostly explained by a cohort or generational change. In fact, once controlling for year of birth, the correlation between age and pro-immigration attitudes is either positive or zero in most of the countries in the sample. Under certain assumptions, the estimates suggest that aging societies will tend to become less averse to open immigration regimes over time.
Keywords: Science Education, Gender and Social Development, Youth and Government, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Population Policies
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