Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 04-2012: Wages, Amenities and Negative Attitudes

Gisela Waisman and Birthe Larsen ()
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Gisela Waisman: Stockholm University
Birthe Larsen: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 16A, 1. floor, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

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

JEL-codes: J15; J31; J61; J71

41 pages, January 25, 2012

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