DP6351 Why Are People More Pro-trade Than Pro-migration?

Author(s): Anna Maria Mayda
Publication Date: June 2007
Keyword(s): Immigration Attitudes, Political Economy, Trade Attitudes
JEL(s): F1, F22, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, International Trade and Regional Economics
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I analyze individual attitudes towards trade and immigration in comparative terms. I find that individuals are on average more pro-trade than pro-immigration across several countries. I identify a key source of this difference: the cleavage in trade preferences, absent in immigration attitudes, between individuals working in traded as opposed to non-traded sectors.