Quantifying Determinants of Immigration Preferences
Ole-Petter Moe Hansen () and
Stefan Legge ()
No 1710, Economics Working Paper Series from University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science
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 metho-dological 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.
Keywords: Altruism; Compositional Amenities; Economic Concerns; Immigration Preferences; Racism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 H2 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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