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1. August 2017

The impact of non-cognitive skills and attitudes towards risk and trust on internal migration – Evidence from Ukraine

Ein Vortrag von Sinem H. Ayhan (IZA Bonn) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 1. August 2017
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

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. We adopt the Five Factor Model of personality structure, which was elaborated in the personal psychology literature, and use it in the evaluation of non-cognitive 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.