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Why are people more pro-trade than pro-migration?

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  • Mayda, Anna Maria

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I analyze individual attitudes towards trade and immigration in comparative terms. I find that individuals are on average more pro-trade than pro-immigration across several countries. I identify a key source of this difference: the cleavage in trade preferences, absent in immigration attitudes, between individuals working in traded as opposed to non-traded sectors.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 101 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 160-163

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:101:y:2008:i:3:p:160-163

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Keywords: Immigration attitudes Trade attitudes Political economy;

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Cited by:
  1. Moraga, Jesús Fernández-Huertas & Rapoport, Hillel, 2011. "Tradable Immigration Quotas," CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) 1114, CEPREMAP.
  2. David Card & Christian Dustmann & Ian Preston, 2009. "Immigration, Wages, and Compositional Amenities," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0929, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Jacques Poot & Anna Strutt, 2009. "International Trade Agreements and International Migration," Working Papers in Economics 09/06, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
  4. Gianluca Orefice, 2012. "International Migration and Trade Agreements: the new role of PTAs," Working Papers 2012-15, CEPII research center.
  5. Giovanni Facchini & Anna Maria Mayda, 2008. "From individual attitudes towards migrants to migration policy outcomes: Theory and evidence," Economic Policy, CEPR & CES & MSH, vol. 23, pages 651-713, October.
  6. Giovanni Facchini & Anna Maria Mayda & Mariapia Mendola, 2011. "What Drives Individual Attitude towards Immigration in South Africa?," Development Working Papers 325, Centro Studi Luca d\'Agliano, University of Milano, revised 27 Dec 2011.
  7. Gerdes, Christer & Wadensjö, Eskil, 2010. "The impact of immigration on election outcomes in Danish municipalities," SULCIS Working Papers 2010:3, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
  8. Calmfors, Lars & Dimdins, Girts & Sendén, Marie Gustafsson & Montgomery, Henry & Stavlöt, Ulrika, 2013. "Why do people dislike low-wage trade competition with posted workers in the service sector?," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 82-93.

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