Migrations, risks, and uncertainty: A field experiment in China
Daniel Houser (),
Lei Mao and
Marie Claire Villeval ()
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2016, vol. 131, issue PA, 126-140
We report data from the first incentivized artefactual field experiment conducted in China to understand whether Chinese migrants differ from non-migrants in terms of preferences regarding risk and uncertainty in various contexts. We find that, compared to non-migrants, migrants are significantly more likely to enter competitions when they expect competitive entries from others; however, migrants are not different from non-migrants in risk and ambiguity preferences where strategic uncertainty is absent. Our results suggest that migration may be driven more by a stronger belief in one’s chance of succeeding in an uncertain competitive environment than by differences risk attitudes related to state uncertainty.
Keywords: Migration; Field experiment; Risk preferences; Competitiveness; Strategic uncertainty; Ambiguity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D03 D63 J61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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