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A Chance for Change? Social Attitudes Towards Immigration and the Educational Opportunity of Immigrants' Children

Augustin, Sophie and Rroshi, Daniela and Schneebaum, Alyssa (2019) A Chance for Change? Social Attitudes Towards Immigration and the Educational Opportunity of Immigrants' Children. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 287. WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This paper proposes a method to study the relationship between voters' attitudes towards immigration and the educational attainment of immigrants and their children, and applies it to Austrian data. We measure attitudes towards immigration using data on political parties' positions regarding immigration and the share of votes that each party received at the regional level. We then study the educational attainment and intergenerational educational mobility of immigrants who grew up in the regions whose political environment we observe. Preliminary results for Austria suggest that, surprisingly, better attitudes towards migration are associated with lower educational attainment for immigrants. However, immigrants are more likely than their native peers to obtain more education than their parents. Here, the returns to more positive attitudes towards immigration play a large role in explaining the mobility gap across migration background.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: educational attainment, immigration, voting behaviour, social attitudes
Classification Codes: JEL I24, J15, I21, D72
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Claudia Tering-Raunig
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 10:16
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7043

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