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

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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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Date Written: July 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Avdeenko, Alexandra and Siedler, Thomas, Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right‐Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes Toward Immigration (July 2017). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 119, Issue 3, pp. 768-800, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2995204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12190

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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