Marco Marozzi open lecture


Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Statistics invites you to attend a public lecture given by Marco Marozzi [Ca’ Foscari University of Venice].

The title of the lecutre is: "Measuring the perceived level of socio-economic threat from immigrants". The lecture will be held in English.

Date: 13 June, 2018 at 15:00

Place: ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences, North Building (Pázmány Péter sétány 1/a, H-1117 Budapest) Room 0.100A

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About the lecturer: Marco Marozzi is an associate professor of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the editor of the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation. Among other publications he was the co-author of the Nonparametric Hypothesis Testing: Rank and Permutation Methods with Applications in R  which was published by Wiley.


Over the last decades, there has been an increase in negative attitudes towards immigration, and many studies have emphasized marked differences in the strength of anti-immigrant attitudes among European countries. However, very few studies performed a rigorous statistical assessment of the issue.

A new index measuring the level of perceived threat from immigrants is discussed and applied to a data set covering 47 European countries and regions. The results show that Malta and Cyprus have the strongest perception of socio-economic threat from immigrants, followed by Austria, Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Hungary, and that the countries/regions with the weakest perception of threat are Armenia, Sweden, Romania and Northern Cyprus.

The discussed index has several advantages over the existing indexes of perceived threat from immigrants. It is very important for policy makers to monitor the level of perceived socio-economic threat from immigrants because negative attitudes towards immigrants make integration difficult and affect social capital, a key aspect of societal wellbeing and economic development. Monitoring is the basis for further political measures aimed at fostering immigrant integration.

Related article:  

Marozzi, M (2016), Construction, Robustness Assessment and Application of an Index of Perceived Level of Socio-economic Threat from Immigrants: A Study of 47 European Countries and Regions, Social Indicators Research, 128, 413–437.

 Other references: 

1.      M. Marozzi (2009), A Composite Indicator Dimension Reduction Procedure with Application to University Student Satisfaction, Statistica Neerlandica, 63, 3, p. 258-268.

2.      M. Marozzi (2012), Tertiary Student Satisfaction with Socialization: a Statistical Assessment, Quality and Quantity, 46, p. 1271-1278.

3.      M. Marozzi (2014), Construction, Dimension Reduction and Uncertainty Analysis of an Index of Trust in Public Institutions, Quality and Quantity, 48, p. 939–953.

4.      M. Marozzi (2015), Measuring Trust in European Public Institutions, Social Indicators Research, 123, 879-895.


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