Is There a Patience Migration Premium?

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Jorge González Chapela

Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza

Date Written: November 9, 2020


The very few studies on the empirical relationship between time preference and migration have been developed in small samples or without controlling for individuals’ cognitive skills. This study uses data from a large, nationally representative survey with information on time preferences and cognitive skills to investigate whether lifetime cross-region migrants in Spain are less impatient than individuals who choose to remain in their birth region. The empirical model incorporates predicted probabilities of misclassifying the migrant status. Results suggest that the effect of impatience on the likelihood of ever migrating is negative though diminishing, and that it is smaller than the effect estimated for international migrants.

Keywords: Internal Migration, Time Preference, Misclassification, Binary Choice, Spain

JEL Classification: C35, D91, J60.

Suggested Citation

González Chapela, Jorge, Is There a Patience Migration Premium? (November 9, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Jorge González Chapela (Contact Author)

Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza ( email )

Academia General Militar, Ctra. de Huesca, s/n
Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50009

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