The impacts of international immigration and cultural diversity on economic performance, public attitudes and political outcomes in European regions

Date: 10 October 2018

Venue: Tilburg University, Cobbenhagen Building - Auditorium, Warandelaan 2 - NL-5037 AB Tilburg

Time: 4:00 PM

PhD candidate: Panagiotis Chasapopoulos

Principal investigator: Prof Christophe Boone, Prof Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Short description: PhD defence Panagiotis Chasapopoulos - Faculty of Business and Economics & School of Economics and Management (Tilburg University)


International migration is a complex and dynamic phenomenon with wide-ranging implications for the receiving countries. As implied by the title, this doctoral dissertation attempts to approach the subject of international migration from different angles and perspectives. In particular, each of the three main empirical studies of this dissertation investigates a specific topic of the economic, social and political consequences of international migration in the European region. This is in order to highlight the importance of multidimensional research that is able to give a bird’s eye view on the theme.

The first study examines whether the effect of cultural diversity on economic performance of European regions is influenced by the level of generalized social trust and individuals’ trust in public institutions. The second study investigates how the origin and the skill level of immigrants in European regions affect natives’ attitudes toward them. The last study examines the impact of international immigration on electoral support for the radical right in Dutch municipalities.