Do Reported Attitudes towards Immigrants Predict Ethnic Discrimination?
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Reported attitudes towards immigrants are sometimes used as a proxy for ethnic
discrimination. However, there is little empirical evidence of a link between attitudes and
discrimination. In this paper, we use survey data on people’s attitudes towards immigrants
combined with data on ethnic discrimination from a field experiment in the Swedish housing
market to re-examine this issue. We find clear evidence of a link between reported attitudes
towards immigrants and the extent of ethnic discrimination at the municipality level. Thus, in
contrast to most prior studies, our results suggest that reported attitudes may be a useful
proxy for ethnic discrimination.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012. , 22 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2012:6
Attitudes, Ethnic discrimination, Field experiments, Housing market
Research subject Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-169396DiVA: diva2:506384