A new GLO Discussion Paper finds a higher migration propensity among individuals who are more altruistic, patient, and trusting.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1156, 2022
Economic Preferences and the Self-selection of Immigrants – Download PDF
by Zhan, Crystal & Deole, Sumit
GLO Fellows Crystal Zhan and Sumit Deole
Author Abstract: Classical theories hypothesize individual economic preferences, including preferences toward risk, time, and trust, as determinants for migration intention. In the paper, we combine data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, European Social Survey, and World Values Survey to investigate how immigrants to Germany are self-selected from the origin population based on their preferences. We find a higher migration propensity among individuals who are more altruistic, patient, and trusting, conditional on age, gender, education, and a series of origin country’s economic and political factors. However, individuals are positively selected on risk appetite in low-risk countries but adversely selected in high-risk countries. The degree of selectivity regarding preferences is also heterogeneous across demographics and origin-country characteristics.
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