Bitterness in Life and Attitudes towards Immigration
Panu Poutvaara () and
Max Steinhardt ()
No 800, SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research from DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)
Integration of immigrants is a two-way process, the success of which depends both on immigrants and on natives. We provide new evidence on the determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration, using data from the 2005 and 2010 waves of the German Socio-Economic Panel. In particular, we show that bitterness in life is strongly associated with worries about immigration. This effect cannot be explained just by concerns that immigrants are competing with oneself in thelabor market. Instead, it appears that people who feel that they have not got what they deserve in life oppose immigration for spiteful reasons.
Keywords: Immigration; bitterness; native attitudes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 F22 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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