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Economic Valuations and Interethnic Fears: Perceptions of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Alexseev, Mikhail A. (San Diego State University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Institute of Peace
Free Keywords
cultural attitudes; cultural perceptions; economic conditions; ethnic tensions; population migration; social distance
  • Abstract

    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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    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2000
Geographic Coverage
  • China (Peoples Republic)
  • Global
  • Russia
Collection Mode
  • The files submitted are ICPSR_PRA_PK2000_Readme.doc, an explanatory 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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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1256 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01256.v1
  • Alexseev, Mikhail A.. Economic Valuations and Interethnic Fears: Perceptions of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East. Journal of Peace Research.40, 85-102.2003.
    • ID: 10.1177/0022343303040001207 (DOI)
  • Alexseev, Mikhail A.. Socioeconomic and Security Implications of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East. Post-Soviet Geography and Economics.42, (2), 122-141.2001.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Alexseev, Mikhail A. (2002): Economic Valuations and Interethnic Fears: Perceptions of Chinese Migration in the Russian Far East. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.