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Incomplete Information and Migration: the Grass is Greener Across the Higher Fence

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  • Jeremiah M. Allen
  • B. Curtis Eaton

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Less information about a location has long been believed to be a barrier to new migration to that location. Diverse empirical results support this belief. Here we show that if agents are risk-neutral, less information about a location not only is "not" a barrier to migration to that location, it is actually an "attractor". Only if agents are Bayesian and risk-averse is less information a barrier. Copyright Blackwell Publishers, 2005

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  • Jeremiah M. Allen & B. Curtis Eaton, 2005. "Incomplete Information and Migration: the Grass is Greener Across the Higher Fence," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(1), pages 1-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:45:y:2005:i:1:p:1-19
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    1. Ludo Peeters, 2011. "Controlling For Heterogeneity And Asymmetry In Cross-Section Gravity Models Of Aggregate Migration: Evidence From Mexico," ERSA conference papers ersa10p329, European Regional Science Association.
    2. Anita Alves Pena, 2014. "Undocumented Immigrants And The Welfare State: The Case Of Regional Migration And U.S. Agricultural Labor," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(1), pages 96-113, January.
    3. Demiralp, Berna, 2009. "The Impact of Information on Migration Outcomes," MPRA Paper 16121, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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