Exposure to Ethnic Minorities Changes Attitudes to Them

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Sabina Albrecht

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Riccardo Ghidoni

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management & Statistics

Elena Cettolin

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

S. Suetens

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: August 31, 2020

Abstract

Does exposure to ethnic minorities change the majority’s attitudes towards them? We investigate this question using novel panel data on attitudes from a general-population sample in the Netherlands matched to geographical data on refugees. We find that people who live in neighborhoods of refugees for a sufficiently long time acquire a more positive attitude. Instead, people living in municipalities hosting refugees, but not in their close neighborhood, develop a more negative attitude. The positive neighborhood effect is particularly strong for groups that are likely to have personal contact with refugees suggesting that contact with minorities can effectively reduce prejudice.

Keywords: prejudice, ethnic diversity, attitudes to immigrants, discrimination, intergroup contact, refugee crisis, individual-level fixed-effects regressions, lab-in-the-field experiment

JEL Classification: J15, R23, D91, C23

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, Sabina and Ghidoni, Riccardo and Cettolin, Elena and Suetens, S., Exposure to Ethnic Minorities Changes Attitudes to Them (August 31, 2020). University of Milan Bicocca Department of Economics, Management and Statistics Working Paper No. 449, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3683905

Sabina Albrecht

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Riccardo Ghidoni (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management & Statistics ( email )

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Elena Cettolin

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER) ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

S. Suetens

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER) ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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