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Do Reported Attitudes towards Immigrants Predict Ethnic Discrimination?

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  • Carlsson, Magnus

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    (School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University)

  • Eriksson, Stefan

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    (Department of Economics)

Abstract

Reported attitudes towards immigrants are sometimes used as a proxy for ethnic discrimination. However, there is little empirical evidence of a link between attitudes and discrimination. In this paper, we use survey data on people’s attitudes towards immigrants combined with data on ethnic discrimination from a field experiment in the Swedish housing market to re-examine this issue. We find clear evidence of a link between reported attitudes towards immigrants and the extent of ethnic discrimination at the municipality level. Thus, in contrast to most prior studies, our results suggest that reported attitudes may be a useful proxy for ethnic discrimination.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2012:6.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 21 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2012_006

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Keywords: Attitudes; Ethnic discrimination; Field experiments; Housing market;

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  1. P. A. Riach & J. Rich, 2002. "Field Experiments of Discrimination in the Market Place," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(483), pages 480-518, November.
  2. Waisman, Gisela & Larsen, Birthe, 2008. "Do Attitudes Towards Immigrants Matter?," SULCIS Working Papers 2008:5, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
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Cited by:
  1. Cédric Gorinas, 2014. "Ethnic identity, majority norms, and the native–immigrant employment gap," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 225-250, January.
  2. Stijn Baert & Bart Cockx & Niels Gheyle & Cora Vandamme, 2013. "Do Employers Discriminate Less if Vacancies are Difficult to Fill? Evidence from a Field Experiment," CESifo Working Paper Series 4093, CESifo Group Munich.

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