Personality traits, migration intentions, and cultural distance

Didier Fouarge, Merve Nezihe Özer, Philipp Seegers

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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between Big Fivepersonality traits and individuals' intentions to migrate incountries that vary in their culture. Using data collectedfrom university students in Germany, we find that extraver-sion and openness are positively associated with migrationintentions, while agreeableness, conscientiousness, andemotional stability negatively relate to migration intentions.Openness positively and extraversion negatively relate tothe willingness to move to culturally distant countries aftercontrolling for geographic distance and economic differ-ences between countries. Extravert and conscientiousindividuals are less likely to prefer linguistically distantcountries contrary to agreeable individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2425–2454
Number of pages30
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Volume98
Issue number6
Early online date2 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Big Five personality traits
  • cultural distance
  • destination choice
  • migration intention
  • INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION
  • NATIONAL CULTURE
  • GRADUATE MIGRATION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • DIMENSIONS
  • PREDICTORS
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SELECTION
  • HOFSTEDE
  • MOBILITY

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Personality traits, migration intentions, and cultural distance. / Fouarge, Didier; Özer, Merve Nezihe; Seegers, Philipp.

In: Papers in Regional Science, Vol. 98, No. 6, 12.2019, p. 2425–2454.

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