Horizontal Transmission? Regional Norms and Migrant Acculturation (with Eroll Kuhn & Anica Waldendorf)

14.11.2022 - 12:00 to 13:30
Location : 
A 5,6 Raum A 231
Type of Event : 
AB B-Kolloquium
Elias Dinas
Lecturer affiliation: 
EUI Florenz

Do immigrants adopt the values of the prevailing native groups in receiving countries? Addressing this question requires also addressing the issue of  selection: migrants can and do choose receiving countries upon the basis of complementary values and norms. In this paper, we improve upon existing work by leveraging changes in native norms over time, a quantity that potential immigrants cannot select on as they make migration decisions. Moreover, we leverage changes at the subnational regional level. Our analysis uses the International Values Survey (5 response items, 117 NUTS-1 Regions, 7 survey waves over 30+ years) and the European Social Survey (2 response items, 131 NUTS-1 Regions, 10 survey waves over 18 years) to construct measures of native norm change. We then link individual immigrant respondents to regional norms to analyze whether norm change maps onto individual immigrant norms. Results suggest that immigrant norms move with those of natives, including on gender, abortion, sexuality, and corruption. Interestingly, immigrant norms do not track native norm changes regarding democracy.