Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CAFO Working Papers,
Linnaeus University, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics

No 2010:7: The interaction impact on attitudes – Native Swedes’ attitudes towards labor immigrants and guest workers after the hurricane Gudrun

Jonas Månsson () and Josefin Dahlander ()
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Jonas Månsson: Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), Postal: Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University , SE 351 95 Växjö, Sweden
Josefin Dahlander: SIDA, Baltic Sea Unit, Postal: Sida Baltic Sea Unit, BOX 1271, SE 621 23 Visby, Sweden

Abstract: We make use of a natural experiment, the hurricane ‘Gudrun’, and investigate the impact of human interaction on attitudes towards the labor market. Comparing attitudes between one group of Swedish forest owners that had interacted with guest workers, and one that had not, differences in attitudes towards guest workers is identified concerning the labor market performance and work moral. Those who had interacted have a more positive attitude than those who not interacted. The experimental setting makes it possible to claim that this observed difference in attitudes was an effect of interaction.

Keywords: Attitudes; Interaction; Integration; Immigrant; Guest workers; Hurricane

JEL-codes: J15; J82

22 pages, November 21, 2010

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