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Braving the Waves: The Role of Time and Risk Preferences in Illegal Migration from Senegal

Jean-Louis Arcand () and Linguere Mbaye

No 7517, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper aims to provide the first evidence concerning the relationship between time and risk preferences and illegal migration in an African context. Based upon our theoretical model and using a unique data set on potential migrants collected in urban Senegal, we evaluate a measure of time and risk preferences through the individual's intertemporal discount rate and coefficient of absolute risk aversion. Remarkably, our results show that these individual preferences matter in the willingness to migrate illegally and to pay a smuggler.

Keywords: illegal migration; discount rate; risk aversion; Africa; Senegal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 O15 O16 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2013-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev, nep-iue, nep-mig and nep-upt
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