Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2015637117
Title: Local elected officials’ receptivity to refugee resettlement in the United States
Authors: Robert Shaffer
Lauren E. Pinson
Jonathan Art Chu 
Beth A. Simmons
Keywords: Conjoint experiment
Local government
Refugee
Resettlement
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2020
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences.
Citation: Robert Shaffer, Lauren E. Pinson, Jonathan Art Chu, Beth A. Simmons (2020-11-30). Local elected officials’ receptivity to refugee resettlement in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117 (50) : 31722-31728. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2015637117
Abstract: Local leaders possess significant and growing authority over refugee resettlement, yet we know little about their attitudes toward refugees. In this article, we use a conjoint experiment to evaluate how the attributes of hypothetical refugee groups influence local policymaker receptivity toward refugee resettlement. We sample from a national panel of current local elected officials, who represent a broad range of urban and rural communities across the United States. We find that many local officials favor refugee resettlement, regardless of refugee attributes. However, officials are most receptive to refugees whom they perceive as a strong economic and social fit within their communities. Our study contributes to a growing literature on individual attitudes toward refugees by systematically examining the preferences of US local elected officials and offers unique insights into the views of this influential and policy-relevant group.
Source Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/216885
ISSN: 0027-8424
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2015637117
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