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Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

, Volume 146, Issue 4, pp 741–767 | Cite as

Who opposes immigrants’ integration into the labor market? The Swiss case

  • Tobias Müller
  • Silvio H. T. Tai
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Summary

First, we spell out a political-economy model, based on segmented labor markets, which explains why a guest-worker system is preferred to a non-discriminatory immigration regime and why measures to improve the integration of low-skill immigrants tend to be opposed subsequently. The model also predicts that attitudes towards the integration of immigrants are positively related to education. Second, we examine the empirical evidence on attitudes towards the integration of immigrants. Our findings from Swiss data are consistent with the prediction of the theoretical model. Both economic and non-economic factors seem to matter in the positive relationship between attitudes and education.

JEL-Classification

F22 J61 D72 

Keywords

immigration immigrant integration guest-workers political economy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Müller
    • 1
  • Silvio H. T. Tai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconometricsUniversity of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity Paris Sud-XIFrance

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