Economics and Finance Research Discussion Series: Mobile Internet Access and the Desire to Emigrate

March 30, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

BANN 208 (online on demand)



30/03/2022 13:00
03/30/2022 14:15
Europe/London
Economics and Finance Research Discussion Series: Mobile Internet Access and the Desire to Emigrate

Wed 30/03 at 13:00-14:15 at BANN208 (Bannerman Center)

Speaker: Cevat Aksoy (Kings College London)

Title: Mobile internet access and the desire to emigrate

Abstract:
How does mobile Internet access affect the desire to emigrate and migration plans? To answer this question, we combine survey data from over 600,000 people from 110 countries with data on the global deployment of 3G mobile internet. We show that an increase in mobile Internet access increases the desire to emigrate. This effect is particularly strong for high-income people in low-income countries. We identify three potential mechanisms. Mobile internet access reduces the cost of acquiring information and results in lower perceived material well-being and trust in government. Using Spanish municipal data, we also document that the deployment of 3G has increased actual migration flows.

URL: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/cevat-giray-aksoy

Please be aware of Covid and consider others:

  • Don’t come if you have covid symptoms.

  • Please wear a face covering (unless exempt).

  • Consider taking a lateral flow test the morning of the presentation.

Access to BANN 208: Please enter the library with your ID and take the stairs to your left.

Online live streaming of the presentation can be arranged upon request.

External guests: Please register by emailing [email protected]


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Wed 30/03 at 13:00-14:15 at BANN208 (Bannerman Center)

Speaker: Cevat Aksoy (Kings College London)

Title: Mobile internet access and the desire to emigrate

Abstract:
How does mobile Internet access affect the desire to emigrate and migration plans? To answer this question, we combine survey data from over 600,000 people from 110 countries with data on the global deployment of 3G mobile internet. We show that an increase in mobile Internet access increases the desire to emigrate. This effect is particularly strong for high-income people in low-income countries. We identify three potential mechanisms. Mobile internet access reduces the cost of acquiring information and results in lower perceived material well-being and trust in government. Using Spanish municipal data, we also document that the deployment of 3G has increased actual migration flows.

URL: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/cevat-giray-aksoy

Please be aware of Covid and consider others:

  • Don’t come if you have covid symptoms.

  • Please wear a face covering (unless exempt).

  • Consider taking a lateral flow test the morning of the presentation.

Access to BANN 208: Please enter the library with your ID and take the stairs to your left.

Online live streaming of the presentation can be arranged upon request.

External guests: Please register by emailing [email protected]

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