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Locus of control and internal migration

Marco Caliendo (), Deborah Cobb-Clark (), Juliane Hennecke and Arne Uhlendorff ()

Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2019, vol. 79, issue C

Abstract: We model migration across domestic labor markets (internal migration) as the outcome of a job search process in which job seekers form subjective beliefs about the return search effort that are related to their locus of control. Job seekers with an internal locus of control are predicted to search across larger geographic areas and migrate more frequently as a result. We empirically test the relationship between locus of control and the propensity to migrate using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). We find that not only do individuals with an internal locus of control express more willingness to migrate, they do in fact also migrate more often.

Keywords: Locus of control; Internal migration; Mobility; Job search (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2019.103468

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