Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile across Regions?
AbstractWhy are better educated and more risk-friendly persons more mobile across regions? To answer this question, we use micro data on internal migrants from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) 2000–2006 and merge this information with a unique proxy for region-pair-specific cultural distances across German regions constructed from historical local dialect patterns. Our findings indicate that risk-loving and skilled people are more mobile over longer distances because they are more willing to cross cultural boundaries and move to regions that are culturally different from their homes. Other types of distance-related migration costs cannot explain the lower distance sensitivity of educated and risk-loving individuals.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) in its series SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research with number 522.
Length: 28 p.
Date of creation: 2012
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Migration; culture; distance; human capital; risk attitudes;
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- Stefan Bauernschuster & Oliver Falck & Stephan Heblich & Jens Suedekum, 2012. "Why are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions," CESifo Working Paper Series 3938, CESifo Group Munich.
- Bauernschuster, Stefan & Falck, Oliver & Heblich, Stephan & Suedekum, Jens, 2012. "Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions?," IZA Discussion Papers 6860, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
- D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-01-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2013-01-07 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-MIG-2013-01-07 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2013-01-07 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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