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The Less Extreme, the More You Leave: Radical Islam and Willingness to Migrate

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  • Chiara FALCO

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  • Valentina ROTONDI

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This paper presents a model to explain how cultural traits affect the willingness to migrate, focusing in particular on the role played by radical Islam. In our model, more radical values imply a higher psychological cost of migrating deriving from the fact that connections with socio- religious friends and neighbors are not maintained after migration, thus deterring individuals from migrating. We test the prediction of the model by using micro-level data from the Arab Barometer. We find that, ceteris paribus, more radical individuals are less willing to migrate. This finding is robust to alternative specifications of the model and to the use of econometric techniques aimed at addressing the potential endogeneity of radical Islam. The result is also qualitatively unchanged when using aggregate data on actual outflows of migrants.

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  • Chiara FALCO & Valentina ROTONDI, 2016. "The Less Extreme, the More You Leave: Radical Islam and Willingness to Migrate," Departmental Working Papers 2016-04, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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    1. Docquier, Frédéric & Tansel, Aysit & Turati, Riccardo, 2017. "Do emigrants self-select along cultural traits? Evidence from the MENA countries," MPRA Paper 82778, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    3. Bik Kai Sia, 2017. "Intention to Migrate Among International Muslim Students in Malaysia," GATR Journals gjbssr501, Global Academy of Training and Research (GATR) Enterprise.

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    Keywords

    Migration; Culture and Economics; Radical Islam;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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