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Title: Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions?
Author(s): Bauernschuster, Stefan
Falck, Oliver
Heblich, Stephan
Sudekum, Jens
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Citation: Bauernschuster S, Falck O, Heblich S & Sudekum J (2012) Why Are Educated and Risk-Loving Persons More Mobile Across Regions?. IZA Discussion Paper, 6860.
Keywords: migration
human capital
risk attitudes
Issue Date: 30-Sep-2012
Date Deposited: 11-Feb-2013
Publisher: The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Series/Report no.: IZA Discussion Paper, 6860
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.
Type: Working Paper
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. IZA DP No. 6860, September 2012, published by IZA. Original publication is available at:
Affiliation: Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Germany
University of Duisburg-Essen

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