Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98943
Authors: 
Hao, Li
Houser, Daniel
Mao, Lei
Villeval, Marie Claire
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8227
Abstract: 
Using a field experiment in China, we study whether migration status is correlated with attitudes toward risk, ambiguity, and competitiveness. Our subjects include migrants and non-migrants. We find that, migrants exhibit no differences from non-migrants in risk and ambiguity preferences elicited using pairs of lotteries; however, migrants are significantly more likely to enter competition in the presence of strategic uncertainty when they expect competitive entries from others. Our results suggest that migration may be driven more by a stronger belief in one's ability to succeed in an uncertain and competitive environment than by risk attitudes under state uncertainty.
Subjects: 
migration
risk preferences
strategic uncertainty
ambiguity
field experiment
JEL: 
C93
D03
D63
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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