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Economic Valuations and Interethnic Fears: Perceptions of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East (ICPSR 1256) RSS

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Summary:

When members of one ethnic group feel threatened by population trends favoring ethnic "others," would perceived economic gains associated with such population change (as in many cases of migration) reduce perceived threats to security and interethnic hostility? An ideal quasi-experimental setting for addressing this question is Chinese cross-border migration into the Russian Far East, for which the author designed and directed an opinion survey in September 2000 with 1,010 respondents selected through stratified random sampling. Findings based on multiple regression analysis suggest that individuals who perceive interactions with members of a culturally distant ethnic group as economically beneficial feel less threatened and favor less hostile responses toward ethnic "others" -- even if these individuals adhere to negative stereotypes against the latter. Strong effects of perceived economic gains (or losses) with respect to the local economy endure when controlled for party identification, perceptions of relative deprivation, perceptions of the neighboring state's intent to undertake aggressive actions, and perceptions of military balance, as well as for local economic and demographic trends. For both threat and hostility, perceptions of total economic effects attributed to ethnic "others" -- but not perceptions of relative gains among groups -- are found to be a significant predictor.

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Alexseev, Mikhail A. Economic Valuations and Interethnic Fears: Perceptions of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East. ICPSR01256-v1. [distributor], 2002-11-01. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01256.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Institute of Peace

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   cultural attitudes, cultural perceptions, economic conditions, ethnic tensions, population migration, social distance

Geographic Coverage:   China (Peoples Republic), Global, Russia

Time Period:  

  • 2000

Data Collection Notes:

The files submitted are ICPSR_PRA_PK2000_Readme.doc, an explanatory read.me file, VARIABLES_Model5.sav, the dataset for the variables used in the Journal of Peace Research article, ABin1010.xls, the original survey dataset from which the variables in the file VARIABLES_Model5.sav were constructed, and SURVEY_QCodes.xls, a translation of all survey questions and code definitions for the file ABin1010.xls.

Additional support for this project was provided by the Pacific Basin Research Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, funded by the Soka University of America.

These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator if further information is desired.

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