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Does the Education Level of Refugees Affect Natives' Attitudes?

Philipp Lergetporer (), Marc Piopiunik () and Lisa Simon ()

No 6832, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: In recent years, Europe has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees. While natives’ attitudes toward refugees are decisive for the political feasibility of asylum policies, little is known about how these attitudes are shaped by refugees’ characteristics. We conducted survey experiments with more than 5,000 university students in Germany in which we exogenously shifted participants’ beliefs about refugees’ education level through information provision. Consistent with economic theory, beliefs about refugees’ education significantly affect concerns about labor market competition. These concerns, however, do not translate into general attitudes because economic aspects are rather unimportant for forming attitudes toward refugees.

Keywords: refugees; information provision; education; survey experiment; labor market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J24 D83 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-eur, nep-exp, nep-mig and nep-pol
Date: 2017
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