Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel and exploiting the staggered implementation of a compulsory schooling reform in West Germany, this article ﬁnds that an additional year of schooling lowers the probability of being very concerned about immigration to Germany by around six percentage points (20 percent). Furthermore, our ﬁndings imply signiﬁcant spillovers from maternal education to immigration attitudes of her offspring. While we ﬁnd no evidence for returns to education within a range of labour market outcomes, higher social trust appears to be an important mechanism behind our ﬁndings.
Keywords: attitudes towards immigration; intergenerational effects; schooling; externalities; instrumental variables estimation
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