[OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38,
#11
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Very nice analysis and write up. I'll offer a few suggestions:

1. I think that the manuscript should disclose that, for each of the 23 dataset countries, the YouGov immigration item had "Don't Know" responses for 22% to 29% of observations.

2. For the data analysis that I conducted, alternate specifications did not affect the inference about the correlation of net opposition and the log of arrest rates; the alternate specifications were a modified outcome variable (the more option, a four-option scale without Don't Knows, and a four-option scale with Don't Knows coded as "the same"); a revised coding of the country controls (Western Europe, as Western excluding Poland; West as Western including Romania, Russia, and Israel; including dichotomous controls for other regions, such as East Asia, Africa, and Latin America); and coding the percentage white for South Africa as 90% (the percentage of South Africans in the UK who are white, according to Wikipedia), instead of as the 8.2% of whites in South Africa.

It might be beneficial to the reader to note that the manuscript's main inferences do not change with particular alternate specifications, whether the aforementioned specifications or other specifications.

3. It might be valuable to note in the manuscript the countries coded as Western. The countries furthest below the regression line in Figure 1 are those most plausibly considered Western, but other plausibly Western countries are near or above the line, so it might be valuable to know which countries are coded Western.

4. Ideally, in Figure 1, the country labels would not be on top of one another, and the figures would include the correlation coefficients.

5. The abstract and conclusion provide two implications of the manuscript: accurate stereotypes, and opposition to immigration from certain groups being informed by rational beliefs about that group. Presumably, according to some perceptions, irrational reasons for opposition to immigration from a particular country are the race or ethnicity of the immigrants, so there might value in reporting standardized effects for the Western country variable, to see the extent to which immigrants from Western countries are favored, or, for that matter, to include regional controls to assess the extent to which particular regions are favored, although the small sample size and lack of relevant controls might not be conducive enough to this sort of analysis.

6. The final sentence of the manuscript notes the lack of data for characteristics of immigrant groups in the UK, but the percentage white and percentage English speakers controls used in Table 1 were based on the home countries and not on immigrants in the UK, so it's not clear why controls could not be included with data on characteristics from the home countries for, say, mean country IQ or international test scores.
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2016-Oct-18, 15:24:48, (This post was last modified: 2016-Oct-18, 15:25:30 by NoahCarl.)
#12
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Many thanks for the review.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: 1. I think that the manuscript should disclose that, for each of the 23 dataset countries, the YouGov immigration item had "Don't Know" responses for 22% to 29% of observations.

This has been noted in Section 2.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: It might be beneficial to the reader to note that the manuscript's main inferences do not change with particular alternate specifications, whether the aforementioned specifications or other specifications.

This has been noted in Section 2.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: 3. It might be valuable to note in the manuscript the countries coded as Western. The countries furthest below the regression line in Figure 1 are those most plausibly considered Western, but other plausibly Western countries are near or above the line, so it might be valuable to know which countries are coded Western.

This information has been included in a footnote in Section 2.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: 4. Ideally, in Figure 1, the country labels would not be on top of one another, and the figures would include the correlation coefficients.

The correlation coefficients have been included in the text, as well as in the Abstract, so I do not believe there is a strong rationale for also including them in the Figures. I would also claim that the country labels on the graphs are reasonably legible. I would therefore prefer not to change them.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: 5. The abstract and conclusion provide two implications of the manuscript: accurate stereotypes, and opposition to immigration from certain groups being informed by rational beliefs about that group. Presumably, according to some perceptions, irrational reasons for opposition to immigration from a particular country are the race or ethnicity of the immigrants, so there might value in reporting standardized effects for the Western country variable, to see the extent to which immigrants from Western countries are favored, or, for that matter, to include regional controls to assess the extent to which particular regions are favored, although the small sample size and lack of relevant controls might not be conducive enough to this sort of analysis.

Standardised coefficients for control variables are now displayed in the tables. I agree with the reviewer's intuition that, given the small sample size, adding regional controls would offer very little conceptual purchase.

(2016-Oct-18, 08:28:38)ljzigerell Wrote: 6. The final sentence of the manuscript notes the lack of data for characteristics of immigrant groups in the UK, but the percentage white and percentage English speakers controls used in Table 1 were based on the home countries and not on immigrants in the UK, so it's not clear why controls could not be included with data on characteristics from the home countries for, say, mean country IQ or international test scores.

The regression models now also control for national IQ.
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2016-Oct-20, 15:21:34,
#13
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Great job on the revision. I approve the submission.

Sorry for the delayed response: I did not receive (or at least notice) a message that there was a reply.

L.J
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2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44,
#14
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
This is a very interesting study.
 
There are no page numbers. Add page numbers.
 
Abstract:
I do not understand this sentence: ”Moreover, the correlations are not accounted for by a”
You mean are not modified by considering/controlling for? Are stable?
 
Introduction: ”Indeed” should be replaced by something like ”This is backed by”.
 
In Figure 1 add for both figures in the heading the sources of data and the correlations, e.g.:
Scatterplots of the relationship of net opposition (YouGov poll) with log of immigrant arrest rates (r=.77) and log of immigrant arrest rates for violent crime (r=.77) (both Metropolitan Police).
 
Both r=.77?
 
Add a correlation table for all used variables.
 
Maybe a further good control: percentage of Muslims in each country of origin.
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2016-Nov-02, 12:41:06, (This post was last modified: 2016-Nov-02, 12:44:14 by NoahCarl.)
#15
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Many thanks for the review.

(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: There are no page numbers. Add page numbers.

Page numbers have been added.
 
(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: I do not understand this sentence: ”Moreover, the correlations are not accounted for by a”
You mean are not modified by considering/controlling for? Are stable?

Yes, that is what I mean. I would prefer not to change the phrasing here, as I believe it conveys the results of the regression analyses in a way that is easier for the non-specialist to understand. In my opinion, relatively straightforward language is desirable in the Abstract.

(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: Introduction: ”Indeed” should be replaced by something like ”This is backed by”.

Again, I would prefer not to change the phasing here, as I believe "Indeed" is more appropriate than "This is backed by". The reason being that the Sides and Citrin's (2008) result is not technically an example of stereotype accuracy.
 
(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: In Figure 1 add for both figures in the heading the sources of data and the correlations, e.g.:
Scatterplots of the relationship of net opposition (YouGov poll) with log of immigrant arrest rates (r=.77) and log of immigrant arrest rates for violent crime (r=.77) (both Metropolitan Police).

The title for Figure 1 has been changed accordingly.

(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: Both r=.77?

Yes, it appear so. I guess this isn't that surprising given that the correlation between the two measures of arrest rates is = .95.

(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: Add a correlation table for all used variables.

This has been added in Appendix A.

(2016-Nov-01, 21:21:44)HeinerRindermann Wrote: Maybe a further good control: percentage of Muslims in each country of origin.

Percentage Muslim has now been controlled for in the regression models.
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2016-Nov-08, 21:33:10,
#16
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Dear Noah,
Thanks.
Fine, but:
Why not add in subordinate clauses some paraphrases of your selected wording - so the readers would easier understand the meaning.
(for: ”Moreover, the correlations are not accounted for by a”, not modified by considering/controlling for? Are stable?; or similar)
(for: ”Indeed”, This is backed by; or similar)
I suggest acceptance.
Best,
Heiner
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2016-Nov-10, 20:01:37,
#17
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Published.

https://openpsych.net/paper/48
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2016-Nov-11, 23:03:25,
#18
RE: [OQSPS] Net Opposition to Immigrants of Different Nationalities
Following correspondence with Richard Lynn, I have added a post-publication supplement to the paper's OSF page.
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