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Civicness Drain

Marco Casari (), Andrea Ichino (), Moti Michaeli (), Maria De Paola (), Ginevra Marandola () and Vincenzo Scoppa ()
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Marco Casari: University of Bologna
Andrea Ichino: European University Institute
Ginevra Marandola: University of Bologna

No 11955, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: Migration may cause not only a brain drain but also a civicness drain, leading to an uncivicness trap. We study this possibility using college choices of southern-Italian students classified as Civic if not cheating in a die-roll experiment. Local civicness is the fraction of Civic in their high-school class. A civicness drain is observed at high and low local civicness. We explain this finding in a model in which Civic and Uncivic types balance hope vs. fear of migration outcomes, taking into account economic gains, risk preferences, and their beliefs about being considered Civic in the place of destination.

Keywords: migration; Italy; honesty game; experiments; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-exp, nep-mig and nep-soc
Date: 2018-11
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