At least to some extent migration behavior is the outcome of a preference for migration. The pattern of migration as an outcome of a preference for migration depends on two key factors: imitation technology and migration feasibility. We show that these factors jointly determine the outcome of a preference for migration and we provide examples that illustrate how the prevalence and transmission of a migration-forming preference yield distinct migration patterns. In particular, the imitation of a migrationfavoring preference yields migration scenarios that would not have taken place absent the imitation.
free text keywords: A13, F22, J61, R23, Migration-favoring preferences, Imitation and transmission of a preference for migration, Economic behavior, Präferenztheorie, Migrationsforschung, Theorie, ddc:330