Civicness Drain

50 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018

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Marco Casari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Andrea Ichino

University of Bologna

Moti Michaeli

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Center for the Study of Rationality

Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Ginevra Marandola

University of Bologna; University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

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Abstract

Migration may cause not only a brain drain but also a civicness drain, leading to an uncivicness trap. We study this possibility using college choices of southern-Italian students classified as Civic if not cheating in a die-roll experiment. Local civicness is the fraction of Civic in their high-school class. A civicness drain is observed at high and low local civicness. We explain this finding in a model in which Civic and Uncivic types balance hope vs. fear of migration outcomes, taking into account economic gains, risk preferences, and their beliefs about being considered Civic in the place of destination.

Keywords: migration, Italy, honesty game, experiments, social capital

JEL Classification: H, J6

Suggested Citation

Casari, Marco and Ichino, Andrea and Michaeli, Moti and De Paola, Maria and Marandola, Ginevra and Scoppa, Vincenzo, Civicness Drain. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11955. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3301707

Marco Casari (Contact Author)

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Andrea Ichino

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Moti Michaeli

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Center for the Study of Rationality ( email )

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Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Italy

Ginevra Marandola

University of Bologna ( email )

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Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
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University of Bologna - School of Economics, Management, and Statistics ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
40126 Bologna, fc 47100
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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