Migrations, risks, and uncertainty: A field experiment in China
Daniel Houser (),
Lei Mao and
Marie Claire Villeval ()
Additional contact information
Li Hao: Walton College - University of Arkansas
Lei Mao: GATE Lyon Saint-Étienne - Groupe d'analyse et de théorie économique - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - UCBL - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - UL2 - Université Lumière - Lyon 2 - Université Jean Monnet - Saint-Etienne - PRES Université de Lyon - ENS Lyon - École normale supérieure - Lyon
Post-Print from HAL
Using a field experiment in China, we study whether migration status is correlated with attitudes toward risk, ambiguity, and competitiveness. Our subjects include migrants and non-migrants. We find that, migrants exhibit no differences from non-migrants in risk and ambiguity preferences elicited using pairs of lotteries ; however, migrants are significantly more likely to enter competition in the presence of strategic uncertainty when they expect competitive entries from others. Our results suggest that migration may be driven more by a stronger belief in one's ability to succeed in an uncertain and competitive environment than by risk attitudes under state uncertainty.
Keywords: Migration; risk preferences; strategic uncertainty; ambiguity; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01381401
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed
Published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Elsevier, 2016, 131, part A, pp. 126-140
There are no downloads for this item, see the EconPapers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.
Journal Article: Migrations, risks, and uncertainty: A field experiment in China (2016)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01381401
Access Statistics for this paper
More papers in Post-Print from HAL
Series data maintained by CCSD ().