DP5544 Scared by Foreigners and their Products? Survey Evidence from France
|Author(s):||Olivier Cadot, Pierre-Yves Geoffard, Akiko Suwa Eisenmann, Thierry Verdier|
|Publication Date:||March 2006|
|Keyword(s):||France, migration, political economy, protectionism, trade|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=5544|
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.