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How beliefs about the impact of immigration shape policy preferences: Evidence from Europe

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  • Héricourt, Jérôme
  • Spielvogel, Gilles

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This paper studies the joint determination of beliefs about the economic impact of immigration and immigration policy preferences, using data from the five waves of the European Social Survey (2002- 2010). In addition to standard socioeconomic characteristics, this analysis takes into account individual media consumption as a determinant of opinion about immigration. Our results stress the important role of the endogenous determination of beliefs, which appear as a major determinant of policy preferences. Besides, media exposure appears as a key determinant of beliefs: individuals spending more time to get informed on social and political matters through newspapers and radio have a better opinion on the economic impact of immigration relatively to individuals which devote time to other types of contents.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/9773.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in DIAL Document de travail, 2012
Handle: RePEc:dau:papers:123456789/9773

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Keywords: Migrations internationales; croyances; préférences; opinion; médias; International migration; beliefs; preferences; attitudes; media;

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  1. Hatton, Timothy J., 2014. "Public Opinion on Immigration: Has the Recession Changed Minds?," IZA Discussion Papers 8248, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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