Bayesian analysis of immigration in Europe with generalized logistic regression

Luciana Dalla Valle, Fabrizio Leisen*, Luca Rossini, Weixuan Zhu

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The number of immigrants moving to and settling in Europe has increased over the past decade, making migration one of the most topical and pressing issues in European politics. It is without a doubt that immigration has multiple impacts, in terms of economy, society and culture, on the European Union. It is fundamental to policy-makers to correctly evaluate people's attitudes towards immigration when designing integration policies. Of critical interest is to properly discriminate between subjects who are favourable towards immigration from those who are against it. Public opinions on migration are typically coded as binary responses in surveys. However, traditional methods, such as the standard logistic regression, may suffer from computational issues and are often not able to accurately model survey information. In this paper we propose an efficient Bayesian approach for modelling binary response data based on the generalized logistic regression. We show how the proposed approach provides an increased flexibility compared to traditional methods, due to its ability to capture heavy and light tails. The power of our methodology is tested through simulation studies and is illustrated using European Social Survey data on immigration collected in different European countries in 2016–2017.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-438
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Statistics
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Bayesian inference
  • empirical likelihood
  • generalized logistic regression
  • immigration


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