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Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School

No 04-2012:
Wages, Amenities and Negative Attitudes

Gisela Waisman and Birthe Larsen ()

Abstract: We exploit the regional variation in negative attitudes towards immigrants to Sweden in order to analyse the consequences of the attitudes on immigrants welfare. We find that attitudes towards immigrants are of importance: they both affect their labour market outcomes and their quality of life. We interpret the negative effect on wages as evidence of labour market discrimination. We estimate the welfare effects of negative attitudes, through their wage and local amenities, for immigrants with different levels of skills, origin, gender and age.

Keywords: Attitudes towards immigration; Geographical Mobility; Wages; Amenities; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J15; J31; J61; J71; (follow links to similar papers)

41 pages, January 25, 2012

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