A Foreigner Who Does Not Steal My Job: The Role of Unemployment Risk and Values in Attitudes Toward Equal Opportunities

International Migration Review, 50: 628–66, Fall 2016. DOI:10.1111/imre.12162

Posted: 19 Jan 2018

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Marco Pecoraro

University of Neuchatel

Didier Ruedin

University of Neuchâtel

Date Written: September 20, 2016

Abstract

Immigration has become systematically politicized and opposed by many individuals. We examine individual attitudes toward equal opportunities for foreigners and Swiss citizens, using cross-sectional data from the Swiss Household Panel. Individuals with low levels of education tend to oppose foreigners, while the opposition by individuals with high levels of education increases with the risk of unemployment. Values and beliefs explain the negative attitudes of individuals with low levels of education, but not the association with the risk of unemployment for individuals with high levels of education. Clearly, both values and economic factors are important for explaining attitudes toward foreigners.

Suggested Citation

Pecoraro, Marco and Ruedin, Didier, A Foreigner Who Does Not Steal My Job: The Role of Unemployment Risk and Values in Attitudes Toward Equal Opportunities (September 20, 2016). International Migration Review, 50: 628–66, Fall 2016. DOI:10.1111/imre.12162, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3102947

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Didier Ruedin

University of Neuchâtel ( email )

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Neuchatel, CH-2000
Switzerland

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