Economy / Finance

The effectiveness of information campaigns in countering public opposition to immigration

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January 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Far-right parties have made considerable electoral gains around the world lately, fuelled in part by strong anti-immigration rhetoric. This column presents the results of an experiment conducted in Japan to assess whether exposure to positive information about immigration can decrease this public hostility. Such information exposure is found to increase an individual’s likelihood of supporting immigration by between 43\% and 72\%. This suggests that information campaigns are a very promising avenue for policymakers aiming to redress hostility to immigration.

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