Scared by Foreigners and Their Products? Survey Evidence from France

26 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2006

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Olivier Cadot

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); World Bank

Pierre-Yves Geoffard

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) - Department and Laboratory of Applied and Theoretical Economics (DELTA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann

L'Ecole Normale Superieure ; Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Thierry Verdier

Paris School of Economics (PSE); Delta - Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

The paper studies attitudes toward immigration and trade using an opinion survey of two thousand French individuals. We find that, beyond usual Stolper-Samuelson effects (skilled individuals are more pro-free trade than others, as in other countries) attitudes toward trade and immigration are correlated and both are ideologically loaded. Right-wing affiliation is robustly associated with protectionism. Moreover, right-wing protectionism concerns not just agriculture but appears to be a broader attitude. It may help explain the predominantly anti-trade rhetoric of France's right-wing governments, although outsiders would expect them to pursue more pro-market and pro-free trade policies than left-wing ones.

Keywords: Protectionism, trade, migration, political economy, France

JEL Classification: F1, F22

Suggested Citation

Cadot, Olivier and Geoffard, Pierre-Yves and Suwa-Eisenmann, Akiko and Verdier, Thierry, Scared by Foreigners and Their Products? Survey Evidence from France (March 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5544. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=910209

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