Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149291
Authors: 
Hansen, Ole-Petter Moe
Legge, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6204
Abstract: 
This paper advances and empirically establishes the idea that altruism is an important determinant of individual preferences over immigration. Using data from the European Social Survey from 2014 and 2015, our results document that individual norms and values strongly shape preferences over immigration, even when controlling for expected costs and benefits from immigration. In particular, we find that altruistic attitudes significantly raise the support for all types of immigration while xenophobic views lower the support. A newly developed latent-factor model allows us to quantify and compare the relative importance of each determinant of immigration policy preferences.
Subjects: 
altruism
Europe
immigration
racism
xenophobia
JEL: 
F22
H20
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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