We thank David Card, Donald Green, James Nazroo, Yoram Weiss, and two referees for constructive comments. We are grateful to Richard Berthoud and James Nazroo for assistance with data. FF gratefully acknowledges support from the Frederick Bonnart–Braunthal scholarship and the Munich Graduate School of Economics/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. CD acknowledges financial support from the NORFACE research programme on Migration in Europe – Social, Economic, Cultural, and Policy Dynamics.
Racial Harassment, Ethnic Concentration, and Economic Conditions*
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
© The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2011.
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume 113, Issue 3, pages 689–711, September 2011
How to Cite
Dustmann, C., Fabbri, F. and Preston, I. (2011), Racial Harassment, Ethnic Concentration, and Economic Conditions. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 113: 689–711. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01660.x
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2011
- First version submitted November 2008;, final version received April 2010.
- Economics of minorities;
- inter-racial relations
In this paper, we analyse the association between the spatial concentration of ethnic minorities and racial harassment. Ethnic concentration relates to racial harassment through at least three channels: hostility in the attitudes of majority individuals that finds expression in harassment behaviour, the probability that minority individuals meet majority individuals, and the cost of expressing hostility aggressively. Thus, harassment cannot simply be modelled as a stronger form of hostility. Using unique data for Britain, we show that, in areas of higher local ethnic concentration, experience of harassment is lower, even though hostility on the side of the majority population is not.