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Attitudes toward immigrants: a cross-country perspective

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  • R Todd Jewell

    (University of North Texas. Denton, Texas, USA)

  • Natalia Melgar

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • David J. Molina

    (University of North Texas. Denton, Texas, USA)

  • Máximo Rossi

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

Abstract

This paper examines the foundations of attitudes towards immigrants by focusing on individual characteristics and country-specific effects. We use a micro-level data set from 31 countries. In particular, we utilize the module on National Identity of the 2003 International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Results indicate that gender, education, age, labor-market status, and political and religious affiliation are important indicators of the attitude toward immigrants. The largest effect appears to be that of education, with more education being positively correlated with a positive view of immigrants. Additionally, we find that country of residence matters.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - dECON in its series Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) with number 0309.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:0309

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