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Beliefs, media exposure and policy preferences on immigration: Evidence from Europe

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  • Jérôme Héricourt

    () (CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique, EQUIPPE - Economie Quantitative, Intégration, Politiques Publiques et Econométrie - Université de Lille, Sciences et Technologies - Université de Lille, Sciences Humaines et Sociales - PRES Université Lille Nord de France - Université de Lille, Droit et Santé)

  • Gilles Spielvogel

    () (UMR Développement et Sociétés - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, DIAL - Développement, institutions et analyses de long terme)

Abstract

This article studies the joint determination of beliefs about the economic impact of immigration and immigration policy preferences, using data from the five rounds of the European Social Survey (2002-2010). In addition to standard socio-economic characteristics, this analysis takes individual media consumption into account, as a determinant of opinion about immigration. Our results stress the important role of the endogenous determination of beliefs, which appears as a major determinant of policy preferences. Moreover, media exposure appears as a key determinant of beliefs: individuals who spend more time to get informed on social and political matters through newspapers and radio have a better opinion on the economic impact of immigration compared with individuals who devote time to other types of content.

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  • Jérôme Héricourt & Gilles Spielvogel, 2014. "Beliefs, media exposure and policy preferences on immigration: Evidence from Europe," Post-Print hal-01065787, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01065787
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2013.844330
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    1. Augustin de Coulon & Dragos Radu & Max Friedrich Steinhardt, 2016. "Pane e Cioccolata: The Impact of Native Attitudes on Return Migration," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(2), pages 253-281, May.
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