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Happiness and the emigration decision

Ivlevs, Artjoms

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Happy people are healthier and more creative, productive, and sociable. Because of these positive effects of happiness, it is in the interest of countries to attract and retain happy people. With respect to the decision to migrate, the central question becomes whether people who are happier and more satisfied with their lives are more or less likely to migrate. The evidence so far is mixed. Correlational studies find that prospective migrants are less happy than people who are not intending to migrate, while one study controlling for reverse causality suggests that the desire to migrate increases with life satisfaction.


Ivlevs, A. Happiness and the emigration decision

Other Type Other
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2014
Publicly Available Date May 5, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords emigration decision, happiness, policy brief
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Additional Information Additional Information : The published version of this paper, Ivlevs, A. Unemployment and happiness. IZA World of Labor 2014: 94 DOI: 10.15185/izawol.96 is taken from


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