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Title: Scared by Foreigners and their Products? Survey Evidence from France

Author(s): Olivier Cadot, Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Akiko Suwa Eisenmann and Thierry Verdier

Publication Date: March 2006

Keyword(s): France, migration, political economy, protectionism and trade

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: The paper studies attitudes toward immigration and trade using an opinion survey of two thousand French individuals. We find that, beyond usual Stolper-Samuelson effects (skilled individuals are more pro-free trade than others, as in other countries) attitudes toward trade and immigration are correlated and both are ideologically loaded. Right-wing affiliation is robustly associated with protectionism. Moreover, right-wing protectionism concerns not just agriculture but appears to be a broader attitude. It may help explain the predominantly anti-trade rhetoric of France's right-wing governments, although outsiders would expect them to pursue more pro-market and pro-free trade policies than left-wing ones.

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Cadot, O, Geoffard, P, Suwa Eisenmann, A and Verdier, T. 2006. 'Scared by Foreigners and their Products? Survey Evidence from France'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.