Do Migrants Think Differently? Evidence from Eastern European and Post-Soviet States
This research investigates migrant self-selection on values, beliefs, and attitudes using data from Eastern European and former Soviet countries. We find that individuals who intend to emigrate are more politically active, more critical of governance and institutions, more tolerant toward other cultures, less tolerant of cheating, more optimistic, and less risk averse. With the exception of risk aversion, all selection patterns are heterogeneous across regions of origin. On the other hand, no self-selection pattern is detected on education, willingness to pay for public goods, and economic liberalism. These findings provide new insights into the determinants of international migration and reveal some of its less known consequences, such as a possible reduction of domestic pressure for political improvements in post-Soviet states due to politically active citizens’ higher propensity to emigrate.
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Berlinschi, Ruxanda; Harutyunyan, Ani (2018), "Do Migrants Think Differently? Evidence from Eastern European and Post-Soviet States", figshare SAGE Publications, doi: 10.25384/sage.c.4160507.v1