Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18598
Authors: 
Brenner, Jan
Fertig, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
RWI Discussion Papers 47
Abstract: 
Utilizing subjective data to infer on fundamental issues of individual opinion is associated with severe conceptual and methodological problems.This paper addresses these problems and investigates the attitudes towards immigrants within a cross-country framework. To this end, we utilize data from the first wave of the European Social Survey (ESS) in a structural latent variable model. The determinants of attitudes towards immigrants are estimated by employing different identification restrictions on the model. Our results suggest that educational attainment as well as parental education are the main driving forces behind attitudes formation.Average attitudes across countries further seem to increase with per capita GDP. All our findings are stable across countries and identification strategies.
Subjects: 
Subjective Data
Identification
Minorities
JEL: 
F22
C31
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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