Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/179304
Authors: 
Huber, Peter
Mikula, Stepan
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
WIFO Working Papers 550
Abstract: 
We analyse the impact of social capital on the willingness to migrate in 28 post-communist and five western European comparator countries using the Life in Transition Survey. We find substantially lower levels of professional social capital among the older cohorts in post-communist than in the comparator countries. In addition, differences in endowments with professional social capital between the postcommunist and comparator countries explain 1.5 to 3.9 percentage points of the total 4.0 to 17.0 percentage points difference in the willingness to migrate between the two country groups. Differences in local social capital, by contrast, contribute only little to explaining these differences. Furthermore, the robust positive relationship between the willingness to migrate and professional social capital is mainly due to a strong correlation between these variables among the young in all country groups. We therefore argue that future research should focus on explaining differences in the impact of social capital on migration decisions of different age groups.
Subjects: 
Migration
social capital
transition countries
JEL: 
J61
R23
P23
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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