Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/196997
Authors: 
O’Connor, Kelsey J.
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper 352
Abstract: 
Immigration is one of the most debated topics in Europe today, yet little is known about the overall effect of its multiple impacts. The analysis suggests natives need not worry. Increasing immigrant population shares have no statistically significant effects on natives’ well-being in 28 European Union countries over the years 1990- 2017 (EU12) and 2005-2017 (new member states) using macro data aggregated from Eurobarometer surveys. Immigration does not statistically affect natives’ well-being across all scenarios, such as: when observing the raw data or accounting for reverse causality and omitted variables using instrumental variable methods; accounting for whether or not immigrants are from the EU; and for population subgroups, notably the poorly educated and elderly. Refugees also do not statistically affect the well-being of natives. Any negative relations that are observed are not statistically significant and exhibit small magnitudes.
Subjects: 
migration
refugees
life satisfaction
happiness
Eurobarometer
JEL: 
I31
J11
O15
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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