Migration and Wellbeing

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In June 2020, panelists of the World Wellbeing Panel were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with two statements about migration: (i) “A large sudden influx of migrants with a very different culture to the host region, will very likely reduce the wellbeing of residents in the first few years of entry"; and (ii) “increased cultural diversity will, in the mid-term, increase residents’ wellbeing”

With 25 respondents, the balance of opinion was agreement with both statements: 12 agreed with the first statement (3 disagreed and 10 neither agreed nor disagreed), while 11 agreed with the second (1 disagreed and 11 were neutral). A ubiquitous theme brought up by most was that there were many factors involved that could sway the matter either way.

List of respondents to this survey

  • Chris Barrington-Leigh, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada.
  • Stefano Bartolini, Professor of Economics, University of Sienna, Italy. 
  • Tony Beatton, Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Daniel Benjamin, Behavioral Economist & Genoeconomist, University of Southern California, USA.
  • Christopher Boyce, Wellbeing Economy Alliance Research Fellow, UK.
  • Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Barcelona School of Economics, Spain.
  • Gigi Foster, School of Economics, UNSW Business School, Australia. 
  • Bruno Frey, Visiting Professor of Economics and Wellbeing, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • Paul Frijters, CEP Wellbeing Programme London School of Economics, UK.
  • Arthur Grimes, Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Ori Heffetz, Associate Professor of Economics, Cornell University and Hebrew University, USA.
  • John Helliwell, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of British Columbia, Canada. 
  • Christian Krekel, Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics, UK.
  • Eugenio Proto, Professor of Applied Economics University of Glasgow, UK.
  • Maurizio Pugno, Full Professor of Economics University of Cassino, Italy.
  • Jordi Quoidbach, Associate Professor of Behavioral Decision Making, ESADE Business School, Spain.
  • Mariano Rojas, Professor of Economics, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Mexico.
  • Francesco Sarracino, Economist, Research Division of the Statistical Office of Luxembourg.
  • Alois Stutzer, Professor of Political Economics, University of Basel, Switzerland.
  • Wenceslao Unanue, Assistant Professor, Business School, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile.
  • Ruut Veenhoven Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam Netherlands. 
  • Maarten Vendrik,  Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Netherlands.
  • Heinz Welsch, Professor of Economics, University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • Rainer Winkelmann, Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Mark Wooden, Professorial Research Fellow and Director of the HILDA Survey Project, University of Melbourne, Australia.


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