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Political Islam, Internet Use and Willingness to Migrate: Evidence from the Arab Barometer

Chiara Falco
  • Department of Economics, University of Milano-Bicocca and Catholic University of Milan
/ Valentina Rotondi
  • Department of Economics, Catholic University of Milan and LCSR, National Research University, Moscow
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Published Online: 2015-12-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2015-0045


This paper investigates the relationship between political Islam, willingness to migrate and Internet use by exploiting the second (2010–2011) and the third (2012–2014) waves of the Arab Barometer. In an effort to explain individual-level willingness to migrate from the Arab world, it investigates the channel through which the more people support political Islam the less they are willing to migrate. At the same time, it explores the fact that the Internet could potentially act as a vehicle of political Islam. Indeed, our findings indicate that there exists a positive relationship between Internet use and individual-level willingness to migrate, while there exists a negative relationship between political Islam and individual-level willingness to migrate. The findings indicate also that there is no significant effect of Internet use on political Islam.

Keywords: political Islam; Internet use; migration; culture and economics

JEL classification:: F22; O15; Z12

Corresponding author: Valentina Rotondi, Department of Economics, Catholic University of Milan and LCSR, National Research University, Moscow, E-mail:

Published Online: 2015-12-10

Published in Print: 2016-01-01

Citation Information: Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 73–95, ISSN (Online) 1554-8597, ISSN (Print) 1079-2457, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/peps-2015-0045, December 2015

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