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

Author(s): Jérôme Héricourt - Gilles Spielvogel -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

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.

Volume: 46

Issue: 2

From page no: 225

To page no: 239

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2013.844330

Journal: Applied Economics

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