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Do Reported Attitudes towards Immigrants Predict Ethnic Discrimination?

  • Carlsson, Magnus


    (School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University)

  • Eriksson, Stefan


    (Department of Economics)

Reported attitudes towards immigrants are sometimes used as a proxy for ethnic discrimination. However, there is little empirical evidence of a link between attitudes and discrimination. In this paper, we use survey data on people’s attitudes towards immigrants combined with data on ethnic discrimination from a field experiment in the Swedish housing market to re-examine this issue. We find clear evidence of a link between reported attitudes towards immigrants and the extent of ethnic discrimination at the municipality level. Thus, in contrast to most prior studies, our results suggest that reported attitudes may be a useful proxy for ethnic discrimination.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2012:6.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 21 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2012_006
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  1. Waisman, Gisela & Larsen, Birthe, 2008. "Do Attitudes Towards Immigrants Matter?," SULCIS Working Papers 2008:5, Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS.
  2. Judith Rich & Peter Riach, 2002. "Field experiments of discrimination in the market place," Natural Field Experiments 00328, The Field Experiments Website.
  3. Carlsson, Magnus & Eriksson, Stefan, 2014. "Discrimination in the rental market for apartments," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 41-54.
  4. Carlsson, Magnus & Rooth, Dan-Olof, 2011. "Revealing Taste-Based Discrimination in Hiring: A Correspondence Testing Experiment with Geographic Variation," IZA Discussion Papers 6153, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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