Personality Traits, Migration Intentions, and Cultural Distance

38 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2019

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Didier Fouarge

Maastricht University

Merve Nezihe Özer

Maastricht University

Philipp Seegers

Maastricht University

Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between Big Five personality traits and individuals' intentions to migrate in countries that vary in their culture. Using data collected from university students in Germany, we find that extraversion and openness are positively associated with migration intentions, while agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability negatively relate to migration intentions. Openness positively and extraversion negatively relate to the willingness to move to culturally distant countries after controlling for geographic distance and economic differences between countries. Using language as a cultural distance indicator provides evidence that extravert and conscientious individuals are less likely to prefer linguistically distant countries while agreeable individuals tend to consider such countries as potential destinations.

Keywords: migration intentions, destination choice, cultural distance, Big Five personality traits

JEL Classification: D91, J61, Z1

Suggested Citation

Fouarge, Didier and Özer, Merve Nezihe and Seegers, Philipp, Personality Traits, Migration Intentions, and Cultural Distance. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12444. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415790

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Merve Nezihe Özer

Maastricht University

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Philipp Seegers

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