Immigrants’ Attitudes towards Redistribution: Implications for the Welfare State
AbstractUsing data from the World Value Survey we examine first and second generation immigrants’ attitudes towards income inequality and redistribution. We find that first generation immigrants are on average less favorable to redistribution compared to non-immigrants. This effect is particularly pronounced in the Nordic welfare states, while in residual welfare states immigrants have stronger preferences for more government involvement, but not necessarily towards more redistribution. We find only marginal differences for second generation immigrants, suggesting a rather rapid adaptation of local norms and political preferences.
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Immigration; redistribution; welfare state; attitudes;
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- H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
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- NEP-ALL-2009-07-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-MIG-2009-07-03 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-POL-2009-07-03 (Positive Political Economics)
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