To what extent do political preferences and ethnic background of households determine the local support for refugee centers?

Gepubliceerd op 8 januari 2023 om 19:15

Scientific paper:


Abstract - Using detailed housing transactions data from the Netherlands covering more than two decades, we examine the disamenity effect associated with the opening of refugee centers (RCs). We show that the opening of an RC decreases local house prices by 5.8%. The effect has become stronger in the past decade, in line with an increasing share of nationalist votes. Using micro-data on home buyers’ characteristics, we further identify households’ preferences. The results show that the willingness to pay is more negative for larger RCs and more positive for foreign-born individuals. The latter is indicative of a more positive attitude of foreign-born individuals toward refugees.