Do Attitudes Towards Immigrants Matter?
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
We exploit the regional variation in negative attitudes towards immigrants to Sweden in order to analyse what are the consequences of such attitudes on immigrants' welfare. A well educated immigrant from a nondeveloped country who lives in a municipality with strong negative attitudes earns less than what she would earn if she lived in a municipality where natives are more positive. If attitudes changed from the average level to the most positive level, her wage would increase by 12%. This would reduce the wage gap to well-educated immigrants from developed countries by 70%. We interpret this effect as evidence of labour market discrimination. The same reduction in negative attitudes would increase the welfare of immigrants from Africa and Asia, through their wage andlocal amenities, by an equivalent to one third of their wage. The analogous amount for immigrants from South America and Eastern Europe iso ne fourth of their wage if they are well educated and one tenth otherwise.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 40 p.
SULCIS reports and working papers, ISSN 1654-1189 ; 2008:5
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118237OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-118237DiVA: diva2:821452