Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

No 01-2015: Negative Attitudes, Network and Education

Patrick Bennett (), Lisbeth La Cour (), Birthe Larsen () and Gisela Waisman
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Patrick Bennett: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelaenshaven 16 A, 1. , DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Lisbeth La Cour: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelaenshaven 16 A, 1. , DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Birthe Larsen: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Postal: Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Porcelaenshaven 16 A, 1. , DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Gisela Waisman: Regeringskansliet, Stockholm

Abstract: This paper explores potential explanations behind the educational gap between young natives and immigrants using two measures, negative attitudes towards immigrants and networking, which may influence natives and immigrants differently. The paper considers, both theoretically and empirically, the impact of negative attitudes and networking taking into account that these parameters may influence high and uneducated workers as well as immigrants and natives differently, creating different incentives to acquire education for the two ethnic groups. Using rich Danish administrative data, this paper finds evidence that greater negative attitudes increase incentives for males to acquire education and that networking also increases immigrant education.

Keywords: incentives; immigrants; education; attitudes

JEL-codes: I20; I24; J15

30 pages, July 4, 2015

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