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Boyoon Lee (Vanderbilt University), “Moderating Role of Country-of-Origin Stereotypes on Attitudes Towards Immigrants”

June 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

U.S. ET: June 8 (Thursday), 8 – 9 PM

JST: June 9 (Friday), 9 – 10 AM

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Author: Boyoon Lee (Vanderbilt University)


How do country-of-origin stereotypes influence native attitudes towards immigrants? Drawing on dual processing models of stereotypes from social psychology, I present three different ways that country-of-origin stereotypes might moderate how natives respond to information about immigrants. I use a conjoint experiment in Japan to examine how country-of-origin stereotypes related to competence and warmth, the two basic dimensions of stereotypes proposed by Fiske et al. (2002), condition the way that natives evaluate information about immigrant attributes when deciding their willingness to accept immigrants. I find that while negative country-of-origin stereotypes always reduce the value of these attributes, there is little evidence that positive stereotypes, especially as they relate to competence, have any moderating effect. My findings suggest that negative country-of-origin stereotypes weigh more heavily when natives process information that might affect their preferences for immigrant acceptance.

Presenter: Boyoon Lee (Vanderbilt University)

Discussants: Jeremy Ferwerda (Dartmouth College) and Michael Strausz (Texas Christian University)

Chair: Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth College)


June 8
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT