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

FEUNL Working Paper Series No. 570

42 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 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: October 10, 2012

Abstract

This paper provides empirical evidence of the impact of life satisfaction on the individual intention to migrate. The impacts of individual characteristics and of country macroeconomic variables on the intention to migrate are analyzed jointly. Differently from other studies, we allow for life satisfaction to serve as a mediator between macro-economic variables and the intention to migrate. Using the Eurobarometer Survey for 27 Central Eastern European (CEE) and Western European (non-CEE) countries, we find that people have a higher intention to migrate when dissatisfied with life. The socio-economic variables and macroeconomic conditions have an effect on the intention to migrate indirectly through life satisfaction. The impact of life satisfaction on the intention to migrate for middle-aged individuals with past experience of migration, low level of education, and with a low or average income from urban areas is higher in CEE countries than in 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 (October 10, 2012). FEUNL Working Paper Series No. 570, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2176104 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2176104

Vladimir Otrachshenko (Contact Author)

Nova School of Business & Economics ( email )

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

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