Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174955
Authors: 
Lergetporer, Philipp
Piopiunik, Marc
Simon, Lisa
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6832
Abstract: 
In recent years, Europe has experienced an unprecedented influx of refugees. While natives’ attitudes toward refugees are decisive for the political feasibility of asylum policies, little is known about how these attitudes are shaped by refugees’ characteristics. We conducted survey experiments with more than 5,000 university students in Germany in which we exogenously shifted participants’ beliefs about refugees’ education level through information provision. Consistent with economic theory, we find that beliefs about refugees’ education significantly affect concerns about labor market competition. These concerns, however, do not translate into general attitudes because economic aspects are rather unimportant for forming attitudes toward refugees.
Subjects: 
refugees
information provision
education
survey experiment
labor market
JEL: 
H12
H53
I38
D83
D72
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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