Exposure to Ethnic Minorities Changes Attitudes to Them

60 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2020

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Sabina Albrecht

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Elena Cettolin

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

Riccardo Ghidoni

University of Bologna - Department of Economics; Tilburg University - Department of Economics

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

JEL Classification: C23, D91, J15, R23

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, Sabina and Cettolin, Elena and Ghidoni, Riccardo and Suetens, S., Exposure to Ethnic Minorities Changes Attitudes to Them (August 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15237, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688191

Sabina Albrecht (Contact Author)

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Elena Cettolin

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

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Riccardo Ghidoni

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

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Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( 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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