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The drowning-refugee effect: media salience and xenophobic attitudes
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Economics and Statistics. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7143-8793
2017 (English)In: Applied Economics Letters, ISSN 1350-4851, E-ISSN 1466-4291, Vol. 24, no 16, p. 1167-1172Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We study whether salient media coverage of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean affects individual xenophobic attitudes. We combine a randomized survey experiment - a variant of the classic trolley dilemma' - that implicitly elicits individual attitudes towards foreigners, with variation in interview timing, and find that such issue salience significantly decreases xenophobic attitudes by 2.2 percentage points. Our results thus support the idea that exposure to news describing immigrants as victims (instead of a threat) can significantly affect public opinion and mitigate bias against immigrants.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 24, no 16, p. 1167-1172
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Psychology Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65664DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2016.1262513ISI: 000403953500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65664DiVA, id: diva2:1175610
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-07-04Bibliographically approved

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