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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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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2855.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2007
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2008, 101 (3), 160-163
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2855

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  1. Irene Mussio & Leonardo Martinotti, 2013. "Informe sobre prueba diagnóstica aplicada a estudiantes que ingresan a la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers), Department of Economics - dECON 1213, Department of Economics - dECON.
  2. Gianluca Orefice, 2012. "International Migration and Trade Agreements: the new role of PTAs," Working Papers 2012-15, CEPII research center.
  3. David Card & Christian Dustmann & Ian Preston, 2012. "Immigration, Wages, And Compositional Amenities," Journal of the European Economic Association, European Economic Association, European Economic Association, vol. 10(1), pages 78-119, 02.
  4. Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Jesús & Rapoport, Hillel, 2011. "Tradable Immigration Quotas," IZA Discussion Papers 5765, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Giovanni Facchini & Anna Maria Mayda & Mariapia Mendola, 2013. "What Drives Individual Attitudes towards Immigration in South Africa?," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 21(2), pages 326-341, 05.
  6. Jacques Poot & Anna Strutt, 2010. "International Trade Agreements and International Migration," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(12), pages 1923-1954, December.
  7. Facchini, Giovanni & Mayda, Anna Maria, 2008. "From Individual Attitudes towards Migrants to Migration Policy Outcomes: Theory and Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 3512, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Gerdes, Christer & Wadensjö, Eskil, 2010. "The impact of immigration on election outcomes in Danish municipalities," SULCIS Working Papers, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS 2010:3, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
  9. 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, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 82-93.

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