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Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions?

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  • Bauernschuster, Stefan

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    (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

  • Falck, Oliver

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    (Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

  • Heblich, Stephan

    ()
    (University of Bristol)

  • Suedekum, Jens

    ()
    (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

Abstract

Why 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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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6860.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 98 (Feb), 56-69
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Keywords: risk attitudes; migration; culture; distance; human capital;

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  1. Stefan Bauernschuster & Oliver Falck, 2014. "Culture, Spatial Diffusion of Ideas and their Long-Lasting Imprints - Evidence from Froebel's Kindergarten Movement," CESifo Working Paper Series 4749, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Nina Neubecker, 2013. "Low Occupational Prestige and Internal Migration in Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 562, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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