English title: Immigration and redistribution revisited: how different motivations can offset each other

Author(s): Patrick Emmenegger - Robert Klemmensen -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

Despite compelling theoretical arguments, research has failed so far to provide conclusive empirical evidence on the relationship between preferences for redistribution and attitudes towards immigration. We argue that social scientists risk making erroneous inferences if the causal link connecting an independent variable to a given outcome is not carefully modelled. This is particularly true in the presence of multiple and partly offsetting intervening variables. We argue that there are at least four motivations linking attitudes towards redistribution and preferred levels of immigration. We observe a statistically significant association between attitudes towards redistribution and preferred levels of immigration, but only after the motivations have been explicitly integrated into the empirical analysis. If the motivations are not explicitly modelled, no systematic relationship between attitudes towards redistribution and preferred levels of immigration can be observed.

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

From page no: 406

To page no: 422

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0958928713507464

Journal: Journal of European Social Policy