Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171299
Authors: 
Ayhan, Sinem H.
Gatskova, Kseniia
Lehmann, Hartmut
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IOS Working Papers 369
Abstract: 
This paper provides evidence on the impacts of non-cognitive skills and attitudes towards risk on the decision to migrate from rural to urban areas. Our analysis is based on a unique four-wave panel of Ukrainian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey for the period between 2003 and 2012. Adopting the Five Factor Model of personality structure, and using it in the evaluation of noncognitive skills, our results suggest that such personality traits as openness to new experience and the willingness to take risks increase the probability of migration. On the other hand, the non-cognitive skills conscientiousness and extraversion are found to be negatively associated with the propensity to migrate. The effects are statistically and quantitatively significant, and mainly driven by movements from rural areas into cities. Our results are robust to several sensitivity checks, including tests for reverse causality.
Subjects: 
migration
non-cognitive skills
Big Five
risk attitudes
JEL: 
J61
D03
D81
R23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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