Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right‐Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes Toward Immigration
33 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2017
Date Written: July 2017
In this paper, we analyze the importance of parental socialization on the development of children's far right‐wing preferences and attitudes toward 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 their parents' right‐wing extremist attitudes. While intergenerational associations in attitudes toward 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: Extremism, gender differences, intergenerational links, longitudinal data, political preferences
JEL Classification: C23, D72, J62, P16
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