The paper "The Role of Information Provision for Attitudes Towards Immigration: An Experimental Investigation"

by Patrick Bareinz and Silke Uebelmesser has been published in the CESifo Working paper Series.
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Published: 27 October 2020, 10:42

We conduct a survey experiment on the effect of information provision on attitudes towards immigration in Germany. The focus lies on two theory-based economic channels, labor market and welfare state concerns, and immigration policy preferences. Using probability-based representative survey data, we experimentally vary the quantity and the type of information provided to respondents. We find that a bundle of information on both the share and the unemployment rate of foreigners robustly decreases welfare state concerns about immigration. There are treatment effects. Our findings therefore suggest that careful composition and targeting of information interventions can increase their effectiveness in the public debate on immigration.


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