Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67231
Authors: 
Bauernschuster, Stefan
Falck, Oliver
Heblich, Stephan
Südekum, Jens
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6860
Abstract: 
Why are better educated and more risk-friendly persons more mobile across regions? To answer this question, we use micro data on internal migrants from the German Socio- Economic Panel (SOEP) 2000-2006 and merge this information with a unique proxy for region-pair-specific cultural distances across German regions constructed from historical local dialect patterns. Our findings indicate that risk-loving and skilled people are more mobile over longer distances because they are more willing to cross cultural boundaries and move to regions that are culturally different from their homes. Other types of distance-related migration costs cannot explain the lower distance sensitivity of educated and risk-loving individuals.
Subjects: 
migration
culture
distance
human capital
risk attitudes
JEL: 
J61
R23
D81
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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