Open Minds, Open Borders: Immigration and the Mental Well-being of Natives

Abstract

Recent findings suggest that immigration may have adverse consequences for the mental well-being of natives. The main novelty of this work is that we look to understand why. Given the lack of tangible economic costs, the disutility experienced by some natives is likely to have non-economic foundations. We find that individual variability in underlying psychological dispositions such as strength of attachment to an ethnic identity and personality characteristics largely predict the degree to which natives will be impacted by inflows of migrants into their local area. This analysis sheds lights on the mechanisms underpinning the relationship between immigration and well-being.

Reference

Howley, Peter and Waqas, Muhammad and Ocean, Neel (2019) Open Minds, Open Borders: Immigration and the Mental Well-being of Natives. Leeds University Business School Working Paper . DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3321720