Social Sciences Brown Bag

Please join us  as Dr. Richelle Winkler (SS) presents:
Exporting Consumption: Lifestyle Migration and Energy Use in Costa Rica
Lifestyle migration, whereby migrants from rich countries move in search of a more fulfilling life, is increasingly common around the world. Still, we don’t know much about its consequences for the communities where such migrants settle, particularly in the Global South. This paper investigates relationships between lifestyle migration and environmental consumption in Costa Rica. Do lifestyle migrants adjust to consumption levels typical of their Costa Rican peers, or do they bring high consumption lifestyles from their countries of origin to Costa Rica and influence their neighbors to consume? This paper uses 100% sample microdata from the Costa Rican Census 2011 to test relationships between migration status and energy consumption using multilevel models that nest consumption at the household level within communities and regions. We find that lifestyle migrants not only consume more energy-intensive goods, but that in several communities, they influence their neighbors to consume more as well.

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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