PRFDHR Seminar: Brother or Invaders? How Crisis-Driven Migrants Shape Voting Behavior - Professor Sandra Rozo

Event time: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
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Event description: 

Can voter’s negative attitudes toward immigration be explained by self-interest or sociotropic motives? Self-interested voters care about their personal economic circumstances. Sociotropic voters display in-group bias and perceive migrants as threats to their culture. Professor Sandra Rozo studies the voting effects of forced internal and international migration in Colombia and exploit the disproportionate flows of migrants to municipalities with early settlements of individuals from their origin locations. In line with the sociotropic hypothesis, she finds that only international migration inflows increase political participation and shift votes from left- to right-wing ideologies. These results are not accounted for by the observed changes caused by migrants in socioeconomic variables.
Professor Rozo is a development and labor economist working at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). Her work focuses on firms’ decisions, forced migration, diversity, and crime. One strand of her research explores how firms’ decisions change with economic and political shocks. Some of her work studies how firms cope with violent crime in Colombia, refugee migration shocks in Middle East, and higher diversity in the United States. Another strand of her research explores the effects of forced migration in hosting economies. Some of her work explores the effects of Syrian refugees in Jordanian’s consumption decisions and the impacts of Venezuelan migrants in voting behavior in Colombia. Professor Rozo also has other ongoing research projects that study the effects of crime and conflict on economic activity.

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