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Intergenerational Correlations of Extreme Right-Wing Party Preferences and Attitudes toward Immigration

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  • Avdeenko, Alexandra

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    (University of Mannheim)

  • Siedler, Thomas

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    (University of Hamburg)

This study analyzes the importance of parental socialization on the development of children's far right-wing preferences and attitudes towards immigration. Using longitudinal data from Germany, our intergenerational estimates suggest that the strongest and most important predictor for young people's right-wing extremism are parents' right-wing extremist attitudes. While intergenerational associations in attitudes towards immigration are equally high for sons and daughters, we find a positive intergenerational transmission of right-wing extremist party affinity for sons, but not for daughters. Compared to the intergenerational correlation of other party affinities, the high association between fathers' and sons' right-wing extremist attitudes is particularly striking.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2015
Publication status: forthcoming in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp9356
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