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Do Reported Attitudes towards Immigrants Predict Ethnic Discrimination?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2016 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]
  • Introduction
  • Contextual factors
  • Data
    • The field experiment and the measure of discrimination
    • The surveys and attitude measures
  • Estimation and results
    • Estimation strategy
  • Results
    • Main results
    • Robustness analysis
  • Concluding discussion

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Do attitudes expressed in surveys predict ethnic discrimination?

Magnus Carlsson Centre for Labor Market and Discrimination Studies, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, SwedenCorrespondencemagnus.carlsson@lnu.se &Stefan Eriksson Department of Economics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

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Survey data on people’s reported attitudes towards ethnic minorities are sometimes used as a proxy for ethnic discrimination. However, there is weak empirical evidence of a link between reported attitudes and discrimination. In this article, we use survey data on people’s attitudes towards ethnic minorities combined with a direct measure of ethnic discrimination from a field experiment in the Swedish housing market to re-examine this policy-relevant issue. We find clear evidence of a link between reported attitudes towards ethnic minorities and the extent of ethnic discrimination: in regions where attitudes are more negative, there is more discrimination, and vice versa. Thus, in contrast to most prior studies, our results suggest that reported attitudes may be a useful predictor of ethnic discrimination.

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Attitudes, ethnic discrimination, housing market, field experiments, surveys, racial prejudice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308481DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1201580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308481DiVA: diva2:1049973
Available from: 2016-11-27 Created: 2016-11-27 Last updated: 2016-11-27

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