[gov3009-l] Applied Stats Tomorrow: Jason Anastasopoulos

Wise, Tess wise at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Dec 3 11:36:07 EST 2013


Dear all,

I hope you can join us for the last Applied Stats meeting of the semester (I know...times flies!) on Wednesday December 4th at 12 noon in CGIS K354. Our speaker will be Jason Anastasopoulos who is a Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Here are the details:

Title
 "Not in My Backyard: Understanding Local Opposition to Undocumented Immigration Using a National Survey Experiment ."

Abstract
 Understanding what motivates animus toward undocumented immigrants presents several empirical challenges.  Estimates of undocumented immigrants at the state and metropolitan area level are unreliable, rendering studies which base conclusions on them questionable at best. Furthermore, because undocumented immigrants mostly come from Latin American countries, assessing the role that undocumented immigrant characteristics such as race or ethnic background play in shaping policy attitudes related to undocumented immigration is practically impossible using observational data.  To overcome these challenges, I designed a survey experiment in which undocumented immigrant skin tone and perceived proximity to the respondent are manipulated using images and respondent Internet Protocol address, respectively. I find that perceived undocumented immigrant proximity polarizes responses on several immigration policy questions while the interaction between dark skin tone and close proximity causes increases in levels of support for state laws which seek to identify and detain undocumented immigrants. These findings have two important implications. First, they support the claim that surveys and opinion polls which ask broad questions about immigration policy will tend elicit ``top of the head'' responses rather than true preferences since responses have no real life consequences (Bertand and Mullainathan 2001; Taylor and Fiske 1978). Second, they suggest that racial threat plays an important role in motivating opposition to undocumented immigration.


I hope to see you all tomorrow! Also, thanks to all of you for a great semester.


Tess
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Tess Wise
PhD Candidate
Harvard Department of Government
http://tesswise.com



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Tess Wise
PhD Candidate
Harvard Department of Government
http://tesswise.com







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