Braving the waves: the role of time and risk preferences in illegal migration from Senegal

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.

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Bonn, IZA, 2013
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28 p. : ill.
IZA Discussion Paper ; No. 7517
Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the 10th IZA Annual Migration Meeting (AM2) and 4th Migration Topic Week, Jerusalem, Israel; the third AFD-World Bank International Migration and Development Conference, Paris, France and the CSAE Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom

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