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Regional concentration of university graduates: The role of high school grades and parental background
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics. Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis, Sweden.
University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2020 (English)In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 398-414, article id UNSP 0969776420923133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, we analyse long-term changes in the regional distribution and migration flows of university graduates in Finland and Sweden. This study is based on detailed longitudinal population register data, including information on high school grades and parental background. We find a distinct pattern of skill divergence across regions in both countries over the last 3 decades. The uneven distribution of human capital has been reinforced by the mobility patterns of university graduates, for whom regional sorting by high school grades and parental background is evident. Our findings indicate that traditional measures of human capital concentration most likely underscore actual regional differences in productive skills.

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Sage Publications, 2020. Vol. 27, no 4, p. 398-414, article id UNSP 0969776420923133
Keywords [en]
Human capital, local labour market areas (LMAs), migration, parental background, school grades, university graduates
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Economics Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-173451DOI: 10.1177/0969776420923133ISI: 000543213700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85087047570OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-173451DiVA, id: diva2:1453424
Available from: 2020-07-10 Created: 2020-07-10 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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