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Regional clustering of human capital: school grades and migration of university graduates
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2014 (English)In: The annals of regional science, ISSN 0570-1864, E-ISSN 1432-0592, Vol. 52, no 2, 561-581 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The spatial distribution of human capital plays a fundamental role for regional differences in economic growth and welfare. This paper examines how individual ability indicated by the grade point average (GPA) from comprehensive school affects the probability of migration among young university graduates in Sweden. Using detailed microdata available from the Swedish population register, the study examines two cohorts of individuals who enrol in tertiary education. The results indicate that individual abilities reflected by the GPA are strongly influential when it comes to completing a university degree and for the migration decision after graduation. Moreover, there is a positive relationship between the GPA and the choice of migrating from regions with a relatively low tax base and a relatively small share of highly educated people in the population, while individuals with higher GPA tend to stay at a higher rate in more flourishing regions.

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. Vol. 52, no 2, 561-581 p.
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Economics Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88200DOI: 10.1007/s00168-014-0599-zISI: 000334937700012OAI: diva2:714255
Available from: 2014-04-25 Created: 2014-04-25 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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