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Immigrants’ Attitudes towards Redistribution: Implications for the Welfare State

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  • Bergh, Andreas

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    (Ratio & Lund University)

  • Fink, Günther

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    (Harvard School of Public Health)

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Using 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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Paper provided by The Ratio Institute in its series Ratio Working Papers with number 138.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0138

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Keywords: Immigration; redistribution; welfare state; attitudes;

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