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The Impact of Exposure to Refugees on Prosocial Behavior

Anselm Hager and Justin Valasek ()
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Anselm Hager: Humbodt-Universität

No 4/2022, Discussion Paper Series in Economics from Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics

Abstract: Does exposure to refugees affect natives' prosocial behavior? If so, do changes in prosocial behavior also extend to existing migrants? We administer a survey of a representative sample of Lebanese respondents and measure their prosocial behavior toward Syrian refugees, Palestinian migrants, and other Lebanese. Combining our survey data and data on refugee settlements, we find that individual proximity to refugees is positively correlated with trust towards refugees, and that there is a positive spillover toward Palestinian migrants. Taken together, the evidence highlights how inter-group contact can help mitigate the negative effects of mass migration.

Keywords: Migrants; prosocial behavior (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2022-03-15
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ara, nep-ltv, nep-mig, nep-ore, nep-soc and nep-ure
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