Do Natives' Beliefs About Refugees' Education Level Affect Attitudes Toward Refugees? Evidence from a Randomized Survey Experiments

51 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2018

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Philipp Lergetporer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Marc Piopiunik

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Department Human Capital and Innovation

Lisa Simon

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: January 23, 2018

Abstract

In recent years, Europe has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees. While natives’ attitudes toward refugees are decisive for the political feasibility of asylum policies, little is known about how these attitudes are shaped by refugees’ characteristics. We conducted survey experiments with more than 5,000 university students in Germany in which we exogenously shifted participants’ beliefs about refugees’ education level through information provision. Consistent with economic theory, we find that beliefs about refugees’ education significantly affect concerns about labor market competition. These concerns, however, do not translate into general attitudes because economic aspects are rather unimportant for forming attitudes toward refugees.

Keywords: refugees, information provision, education, survey experiment, labor market

JEL Classification: H120, H530, I380, D830, D720, P160

Suggested Citation

Lergetporer, Philipp and Piopiunik, Marc and Simon, Lisa, Do Natives' Beliefs About Refugees' Education Level Affect Attitudes Toward Refugees? Evidence from a Randomized Survey Experiments (January 23, 2018). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6832, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3129985

Philipp Lergetporer (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Dresden Branch
Einsteinstraße 3
Dresden, 01069
Germany

Marc Piopiunik

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Department Human Capital and Innovation ( email )

Poschingerstr. 5
Munich, 81679
Germany

Lisa Simon

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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