Varieties of Public Attitudes Towards Immigration: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Japan

36 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2018

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Rieko Kage

University of Tokyo

Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Yale University - Department of Political Science

Seiki Tanaka

University of Leeds

Date Written: August 10, 2018

Abstract

Drawing on survey experiments in Japan, we dimensionalize attitudes towards immigration along cultural and economic lines as well as along a negative-positive continuum to capture natives' multifaceted attitudes toward immigrants. Even in a relatively closed country like Japan, 24 percent favor immigration on both grounds, and more importantly, another 40 percent favor immigration on either economic or cultural ground, underscoring the importance of cross-cutting preferences. Consistent with prior research, we find that educated citizens are more likely to appreciate immigrants both for economic and cultural reasons. We also find that different types of natives are likely to prefer different types of immigrants. Uncovering multidimensional attitudes towards immigrants opens possible avenues for coalition building around immigration policy reform.

Keywords: immigrants, discrimination, survey experiments, Japan

Suggested Citation

Kage, Rieko and Rosenbluth, Frances McCall and Tanaka, Seiki, Varieties of Public Attitudes Towards Immigration: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Japan (August 10, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3229608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3229608

Rieko Kage

University of Tokyo ( email )

Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Yale University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Box 208269
New Haven, DC 06520-8269
United States
203-432-5256 (Phone)

Seiki Tanaka (Contact Author)

University of Leeds ( email )

School of Politics and International Studies
Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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