Shaping Right-Wing Extremist Preferences: An Intergenerational Approach - Alexandra Avdeenko (DIW Berlin)
The next BeNA Seminar will
take place this Wednesday, July 11, 6.30-8pm at RWI Essen, Büro Berlin in Hessische Strasse
Alexandra Avdeenko (DIW Berlin): Shaping Right-Wing Extremist Preferences: An Intergenerational Approach
(joint work with Thomas Siedler)
Are parents’ attitudes towards extreme parties and immigration decisive for their children’s attitudes later in life? This paper studies the magnitude of an intergenerational transmission in right-wing extremist attitudes and concerns about immigration to Germany. Using longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, the estimates suggest that the strongest and most important predictor for young people's right-wing extremism is parents' right-wing extremist attitudes. There are considerable gender differences, with a stronger intergenerational association in far right-wing attitudes between sons and parents. The findings suggest that when considering appropriate strategies to counter right-wing extremism among youth and young adults, more attention should be paid toward both children and their parents.
The title image is a detail of the destroyed frescoes by Hugo Vogel (1894) and is taken from the virtual museum of the Archives BILDER DER ARBEIT by Prof. Dr. Klaus Turk. It illustrates workers receiving tools from the goddess of industry.