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Attitudes toward immigrants: a cross-country perspective

Todd Jewell, Natalia Melgar, David Molina and Maximo Rossi ()
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Todd Jewell: University of North Texas. Denton, Texas, USA
Natalia Melgar: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República
David Molina: University of North Texas. Denton, Texas, USA

No 309, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: This paper examines the foundations of attitudes towards immigrants by focusing on individual characteristics and country-specific effects. We use a micro-level data set from 31 countries. In particular, we utilize the module on National Identity of the 2003 International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Results indicate that gender, education, age, labor-market status, and political and religious affiliation are important indicators of the attitude toward immigrants. The largest effect appears to be that of education, with more education being positively correlated with a positive view of immigrants. Additionally, we find that country of residence matters.

Keywords: immigration; microeconomic behavior; comparative research. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J61 O15 A13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-02
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