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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Economic conditions, group relative deprivation and ethnic threat perceptions: a cross-national perspective
Organization Unit
  • Bart Meuleman
  • Koen Abts
  • Peter Schmidt
  • Thomas F Pettigrew
  • Eldad Davidov
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published electronically before print/final form (Epub ahead of print)
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1369-183X
Volume online
Number 0
Page Range Epub ahead of print
Date 2019
Abstract Text Explaining negative attitudes towards immigration in general and threat due to immigration, in particular, has been a major topic of study in recent decades. While intergroup contact has received considerable attention in explaining ethnic threat, group relative deprivation (GRD), that is, feelings that one’s group is unfairly deprived of desirable goods in comparison to relevant out-groups, has been largely ignored in cross-national research. Nevertheless, various smaller-scale studies have demonstrated that GRD can have a decisive impact on prejudice. In the current study, we examine the association between GRD and ethnic threat systematically across 20 European countries, thereby controlling for intergroup contact and value priorities. The 7th round of the European Social Survey (ESS) includes questions assessing respondents’ feelings of group deprivation compared to immigrants and offers for the first time an opportunity to contextualise the threat-inducing effect of GRD across Europe. A multilevel structural equation model (MLSEM) demonstrates a considerable association between GRD and ethnic threat both on the individual and country levels. The results indicate that GRD is not only an important mediating factor between social structural positions and perceived threat, but also fully mediates the relation between contextual economic indicators and ethnic threat.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550157
Other Identification Number merlin-id:17639
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Funders UFSP "Soziale Netzwerke"
Keywords Ethnic threat, group relative deprivation (GRD), intergroup contact, European Social Survey (ESS), multilevel structural equation modelling (MLSEM)
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on [2019], available online: