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Regional sorting of human capital: the choice of location among young adults in Sweden
University of California, Berkeley.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. (Economic Policy Network)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). (Economic Policy Network / ALC)
2016 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 50, no 5, 757-770 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migration rates are highest among young adults, especially students, and their location choices affect the regional distribution of human capital, growth and local public sector budgets. Using Swedish register data on young adults, the choice of whether to enroll in education and the choice of location are estimated jointly. The results indicate a systematic selection into investment in further education based on school grades and associated preferences for locations with higher per capita tax bases. For students, the estimates indicate lower preferences for locations with higher shares of older people.  The importance of family networks for the choice of location is confirmed.    

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 50, no 5, 757-770 p.
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location choice, human capital, agglomeration, local public sector
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Economics; Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89030DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2014.931935ISI: 000372971700001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84905321423OAI: diva2:718677
Ageing and Living Conditions,Relocation of Governmental Agencies, Labour Mobility and Rural Development
Swedish Research Council, 2006-21576-36119-66Swedish Research Council Formas, 251-2007-2079
Available from: 2014-05-21 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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