Attitudes toward Highly Skilled and Low-skilled Immigration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment

  title={Attitudes toward Highly Skilled and Low-skilled Immigration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment},
  author={Jens Hainmueller and Michael J. Hiscox},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={61 - 84}
Past research has emphasized two critical economic concerns that appear to generate anti-immigrant sentiment among native citizens: concerns about labor market competition and concerns about the fiscal burden on public services. We provide direct tests of both models of attitude formation using an original survey experiment embedded in a nationwide U.S. survey. The labor market competition model predicts that natives will be most opposed to immigrants who have skill levels similar to their own… 
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