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Scared by Foreigners and their Products? Survey Evidence from France

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  • Cadot, Olivier
  • Geoffard, Pierre-Yves
  • Suwa Eisenmann, Akiko
  • Verdier, Thierry

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The paper studies attitudes toward immigration and trade using an opinion survey of two thousand French individuals. We find that, beyond usual Stolper-Samuelson effects (skilled individuals are more pro-free trade than others, as in other countries) attitudes toward trade and immigration are correlated and both are ideologically loaded. Right-wing affiliation is robustly associated with protectionism. Moreover, right-wing protectionism concerns not just agriculture but appears to be a broader attitude. It may help explain the predominantly anti-trade rhetoric of France's right-wing governments, although outsiders would expect them to pursue more pro-market and pro-free trade policies than left-wing ones.

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  • Cadot, Olivier & Geoffard, Pierre-Yves & Suwa Eisenmann, Akiko & Verdier, Thierry, 2006. "Scared by Foreigners and their Products? Survey Evidence from France," CEPR Discussion Papers 5544, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Harms, Philipp & Schwab, Jakob, 2015. "Like it or not? How the Economic and Institutional Environment Shapes Individual Attitudes towards Multinational Enterprises," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 113150, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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    Keywords

    France; migration; political economy; protectionism; trade;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration

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