On rational forward-looking behaviour in economic geography: An experimental analysis
37 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2019 Last revised: 20 Jul 2020
Date Written: December 5, 2019
This paper adapts the canonical New Economic Geography model for experimental testing of the model's behavioural assumptions by developing a finite-player, finite-horizon dynamic game of migration. Our analysis gives distinctive predictions when migration is consistent with myopic behaviour (MB) and when it is consistent with sequentially rational or perfect forward-looking behaviour (FB). These alternatives are tested in an economic laboratory experiment with increasing number of agents in different treatments. Results show that perfect FB loses ground against MB as the number of agents and periods increases, and this number may be surprisingly small.
Keywords: New Economic Geography, Migration, Experiments
JEL Classification: R1, C91, C73
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