Beliefs, media exposure and policy preferences on immigration: Evidence from Europe

Abstract : This article studies the joint determination of beliefs about the economic impact of immigration and immigration policy preferences, using data from the five rounds of the European Social Survey (2002-2010). In addition to standard socio-economic characteristics, this analysis takes individual media consumption into account, as a determinant of opinion about immigration. Our results stress the important role of the endogenous determination of beliefs, which appears as a major determinant of policy preferences. Moreover, media exposure appears as a key determinant of beliefs: individuals who spend more time to get informed on social and political matters through newspapers and radio have a better opinion on the economic impact of immigration compared with individuals who devote time to other types of content.
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Jérôme Héricourt, Gilles Spielvogel. Beliefs, media exposure and policy preferences on immigration: Evidence from Europe. Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2014, 46 (2), pp.225-239. ⟨10.1080/00036846.2013.844330⟩. ⟨hal-01065787⟩

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