Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/191288
Authors: 
Kauppinen, Ilpo
Poutvaara, Panu
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ifo Working Paper No. 283
Abstract: 
The Tiebout hypothesis suggests that people who migrate from more to less redistributive countries are more negative towards redistribution than non-migrants. However, differences between migrants' and non-migrants' redistributive preferences might also reflect self-interest. We present a model in-corporating these competing mechanisms and test it using survey data on Danish emigrants and non-migrants. We find strong support for the Tiebout hypothesis among men, while women's preference patterns are opposite to what the hypothesis predicts. Even though emigrants neither pay taxes nor receive benefits in their country of origin, they tend to support policies that would be beneficial for people like themselves.
Subjects: 
Migration
emigration
welfare state
redistribution
political preferences
JEL: 
D64
D72
F22
J61
H20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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