Does Education Affect Attitudes Towards Immigration? Evidence from Germany

58 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018

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Shushanik Margaryan

University of Hamburg

Annemarie Paul

University of Hamburg

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences; DIW Berlin; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); University of Essex

Abstract

Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and exploiting the staggered implementation of a compulsory schooling reform in West Germany, this article finds that an additional year of schooling lowers the probability of being very concerned about immigration to Germany by around six percentage points (20 percent). Furthermore, our findings imply significant spillovers from maternal education to immigration attitudes of her offspring. While we find no evidence for returns to education within a range of labour market outcomes, higher social trust appears to be an important mechanism behind our findings.

Keywords: attitudes towards immigration, intergenerational effects, schooling, externalities, instrumental variables estimation

JEL Classification: I26, J15, J62

Suggested Citation

Margaryan, Shushanik and Paul, Annemarie and Siedler, Thomas, Does Education Affect Attitudes Towards Immigration? Evidence from Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11980. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3301739

Shushanik Margaryan (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg

Allende-Platz 1
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

Annemarie Paul

University of Hamburg

Allende-Platz 1
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

Thomas Siedler

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences ( email )

Von-Melle-Park 9
Hamburg, 20146
Germany

DIW Berlin ( email )

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Berlin, 10117
Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

University of Essex ( email )

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Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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