Quantifying Determinants of Immigration Preferences

Item Type Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Abstract This paper quantifies the relative importance of determinants of individual-level immigration preferences. We develop and estimate a new latent-factor model using survey data on eighteen countries from the European Social Survey from 2014 and 2015. On a methodological level, we address several potential problems causing biased estimates. Identifying individual-level economic concerns about immigration, worries about compositional amenities, racism, and altruism as drivers of immigration-related preferences, the estimation results show that racism is quantitatively the most important factor. It is about as important as the joint effect of worries about the economic and non-economic effects of immigration. Furthermore, we document that altruism raises significantly the support for immigration, although it is quantitatively less important than the other factors.
Authors Hansen, Ole-Petter Moe
Journal or Publication Title University of St.Gallen Discussion Paper
Language English
Subjects economics
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SEPS - Economic Policy
Date 1 July 2017
Number 2017-10
Number of Pages 38
Official URL https://ideas.repec.org/p/usg/econwp/201710.html
Depositing User Stefan Legge
Date Deposited 26 Jul 2017 10:19
Last Modified 26 Jul 2017 10:20
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251285


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