English title: How beliefs about the impact of immigration shape policy preferences: Evidence from Europe

Author(s): Jérôme Héricourt - Gilles Spielvogel -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2012

Abstract

This paper studies the joint determination of beliefs about the economic impact of immigration and immigration policy preferences, using data from the five waves of the European Social Survey (2002-2010). In addition to standard socioeconomic characteristics, this analysis takes into account individual media consumption as a determinant of opinion about immigration. Our results stress the important role of the endogenous determination of beliefs, which appear as a major determinant of policy preferences. Besides, media exposure appears as a key determinant of beliefs: individuals spending more time to get informed on social and political matters through newspapers and radio have a better opinion on the economic impact of immigration relatively to individuals which devote time to other types of contents.

Edition: 0

Institution: UMR DIAL (University Paris Dauphine - IRD)

Number of pages: 31

Number: 6

Series: Document de travail DIAL