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Public Opinion and Immigration: Who Favors Employment Discrimination against Immigrants?

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  • Cooray, Arusha
  • Marfouk, Abdeslam
  • Nazir, Maliha

Abstract

Using information from the world values survey wave 6 containing information from 78,743 respondents in 53 countries, we examine the factors which influence respondents’ answers to the question: “when jobs are scarce, should employers give priority to people of the country of origin rather than immigrants?” Taking into account a number of factors including, economic, socio-demographic, political and individual level characteristics we find that all of these factors influence respondents’ preference for this form of discrimination.

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  • Cooray, Arusha & Marfouk, Abdeslam & Nazir, Maliha, 2018. "Public Opinion and Immigration: Who Favors Employment Discrimination against Immigrants?," GLO Discussion Paper Series 175, Global Labor Organization (GLO).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:glodps:175
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    Keywords

    International migration; discrimination; public opinion;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • J79 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Other

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