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Why North Korean Refugees are Reluctant to Compete: The Roles of Cognitive Ability

Syngjoo Choi, Byung-Yeon Kim, Jungmin Lee and Sokbae Lee
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Sokbae (Simon) Lee

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Abstract: The study compares the competitiveness of three Korean groups raised in different institutional environments: South Korea, North Korea, and China. Laboratory experiments reveal that North Korean refugees are less likely to participate in competitive tournaments than South Koreans and Korean-Chinese immigrants. Analysis using a choice model with probability weighting suggests that lower cognitive ability may lead to lower expected performance, more pessimistic beliefs, and greater aversion to competition.

Date: 2021-08, Revised 2023-08
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