Life (Dis)Satisfaction and the Decision to Migrate: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 460

43 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2012

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Vladimir Otrachshenko

Nova School of Business & Economics

Olga Popova

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS); Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute); Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University

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Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper provides the first evidence regarding the impact of life satisfaction on the individual intention to migrate. The impact of individual characteristics and country macroeconomic variables on the decision to migrate is analyzed in one framework. Differently from other studies, we allow for life satisfaction to serve as a mediator between macroeconomic variables and the intention to migrate. Using the Euro-barometer Survey for 27 Central Eastern (CEE) and Western European (non-CEE) countries, we test the predictions of our theoretical model and find that dissatisfied with life, people have a higher intention to migrate. The macroeconomic conditions have an effect on the intention to migrate indirectly through life satisfaction. At all levels of life satisfaction, unemployed, middle-aged individuals with a low or average income from urban areas at all levels of education are found to have higher intentions to migrate from CEE countries than from non-CEE countries.

Keywords: life satisfaction, migration, decision making

JEL Classification: I31, J61

Suggested Citation

Otrachshenko, Vladimir and Popova, Olga, Life (Dis)Satisfaction and the Decision to Migrate: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe (April 1, 2012). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 460. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046913

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Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University ( email )

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