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People‘s Attitudes and the Eff ects of Immigration to Australia

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  • Mathias Sinning

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  • Matthias Vorell

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This paper compares the eff ects of immigration fl ows on economic outcomes and crime levels to the public opinion about these eff ects using individual and regional data for Australia. We employ an instrumental variables strategy to account for non-random location choices of immigrants and fi nd that immigration has no adverse eff ects on regional unemployment rates, median incomes, or crime levels. This result is in line with the economic eff ects that people typically expect but does not confi rm the public opinion about the contribution of immigration to higher crime levels, suggesting that Australians overestimate the eff ect of immigration on crime.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0271.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0271

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Keywords: International migration; eff ects of immigration; attitudes towards immigrants;

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