Who Likes Whom in Europe?

32 Pages Posted: 19 May 2016

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Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: May 17, 2016


This paper employs new survey evidence to ask why the populations in different European countries have more or less favourable views of each other. The paper applies a gravity equation framework and exploring the potential effects of 21 economic, social, political and linguistic variables, and separates the characteristics of ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ countries. The findings suggest that a small subset is robustly significant determinants. Specifically, social globalization, bilateral trade, views on EU membership, religiosity, and geographical and linguistic distance predict how favourable populations are towards each other.

Keywords: Wellbeing, International Organization

JEL Classification: Z13

Suggested Citation

Bjørnskov, Christian, Who Likes Whom in Europe? (May 17, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2781221

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