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Love Thy Neighbour: How Much Bigotry Is There In Western Countries?


  • Vani K. Borooah
  • John Mangan


Borrowing from the well known measures of poverty, we propose analogous measures for the amount of prejudice in a country. Values of this index are derived from individual responses to the Human Beliefs and Values Survey's question: 'Would you like to have persons from this group as your neighbours?' We use data on the responses to (i) construct measures for the amount of bigotry in a country and rank Western countries on a bigotry scale; (ii) examine the social and economic factors which determine whether people are bigoted or bigotry-free; (iii) examine three specific phobias to see whether the strength of the 'bigotry-determining factors' varies according to the group being considered. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Vani K. Borooah & John Mangan, 2007. "Love Thy Neighbour: How Much Bigotry Is There In Western Countries?," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(3), pages 295-317, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:60:y:2007:i:3:p:295-317

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