Men cross the street on the day of a protest by Occupy Wall Street activists in New York's Financial District, on the one-year anniversary of the movement in New York September 17, 2012. New York police on Monday arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street activists who gathered in the city's financial district, where they sought to disrupt traffic and surround the New York Stock Exchange as part of a day of protests to mark the movement's first anniversary. REUTERS/Andrew Burton (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS) - RTR382YJ
Men cross the street on the day of a protest by Occupy Wall Street activists in New York's Financial District, on the one-year anniversary of the movement in New York September 17, 2012. New York police on Monday arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street activists who gathered in the city's financial district, where they sought to disrupt traffic and surround the New York Stock Exchange as part of a day of protests to mark the movement's first anniversary. REUTERS/Andrew Burton (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS) - RTR382YJ

Big cities attract educated talent and can present a long-term economic advantage but they also require a modicum of self-confidence for survival. CityLab's Richard Florida takes a look at a study on the role that self-confidence plays when younger (20-23) and more senior younger (30-33) workers are deciding whether or not to make the move to the big city.

Florida explains how younger people with self confidence can leave the small city behind as they believe (and do) gain the experience and backgrounds necessary to get ahead. This is a contrast from their less confident peers:

Self-confidence is a main factor in who moves to big cities. It’s self-confident young people, after all, who have the chutzpah to leave small towns behind. (An increase of the self-confidence percentile by one standard deviation raises the probability of initially moving to a big city by 12 percent, according to the study.) This decision compounds over time as younger workers in big cities gain the experience and background they need to get ahead in their careers and earn more money.

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