Attitudes Towards Immigration: Does Economic Self-Interest Matter?

32 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2006

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Nikolaj Malchow-Moeller

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR); University of Southern Denmark

Jakob Roland Munch

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR)

Sanne Schroll

University of Southern Denmark

Jan Rose Skaksen

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we re-examine the role of economic self-interest in shaping people's attitudes towards immigration, using data from the European Social Survey 2002/2003. Compared to the existing literature, there are two main contributions of the present paper. First, we develop a more powerful test of the hypothesis that a positive relationship between education and attitudes towards immigration reflects economic self-interest in the labour market.

Second, we develop an alternative and more direct test of whether economic self-interest matters for people's attitudes towards immigration. We find that while the original relationship between education and attitudes found in the literature is unlikely to reflect economic self-interest, there is considerable evidence of economic self-interest when using the more direct test.

Keywords: attitudes, immigration, economic self-interest

JEL Classification: F1, F22, J61

Suggested Citation

Malchow-Moeller, Nikolaj and Munch, Jakob Roland and Schroll, Sanne and Skaksen, Jan Rose, Attitudes Towards Immigration: Does Economic Self-Interest Matter? (September 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2283. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=930589

Nikolaj Malchow-Moeller

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Copenhagen, DK-2000
Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Jakob Roland Munch

University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics ( email )

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Denmark
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Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR)

Porcelaenshaven, Bldg 65
DK-2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark

Sanne Schroll

University of Southern Denmark ( email )

Campusvej 55
DK-5230 Odense, 5000
Denmark

Jan Rose Skaksen (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Economics ( email )

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Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark
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+45 3815 2576 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://old.cbs.dk/staff/janroseskaksen/

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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