Openness, extraversion and the intention to emigrate

Damarys Canache, Matthew Hayes, Jeffery J. Mondak, Sergio C. Wals

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Economic, demographic and sociological factors influence the intention to emigrate, but variation in personality also may be consequential. In this report, data on intention to emigrate are drawn via nationally-representative samples from 22 countries in the Americas. Multivariate analyses permit attention to the key factors identified in past empirical research, but also enable examination of the effects of openness to experience and extraversion. Openness and extraversion both are shown to exert modest positive influence on the intention to emigrate. Additionally, heterogeneity in these effects is observed in that the influence of both traits is found to be conditional on a respondent's level of education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Emigration
  • Extraversion
  • Openness to experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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