Identity, immigration and subjective well-being: Why are natives so sharply divided on immigration issues?
|dc.identifier.citation||Howley P and Waqas M (2022) Identity, immigration and subjective well-being: Why are natives so sharply divided on immigration issues? Oxford Economic Papers. Accepted for publication.||en_US|
|dc.description.abstract||We put forward differences in the form of national identity across natives as a key mechanism explaining the sharp public divide on immigration issues. We show that inflows of migrants into local areas can be harmful for the self-reported well-being of natives, but this is only true for natives who self-identify with an ethnic form of national identity. On the other hand, we provide some evidence to suggest that immigration may be utility enhancing for natives with a civic form of national identity. We also show how differences in national identity significantly predicts voting preferences in the UK referendum on EU membership where concern with immigration issues was a salient factor. Drawing on identity economics, our proposed explanation is that for natives with an ethnic form of national identity, any positive economic benefits associated with immigration may not be enough to outweigh losses in identity based utility.||en_US|
|dc.description.sponsorship||This work was supported by the Nuffield Foundation.||en_US|
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|dc.title||Identity, immigration and subjective well-being: Why are natives so sharply divided on immigration issues?||en_US|