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Determinants of the Regional Demand for Higher Education


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  • Carla S�

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Raymond J.G.M. Florax

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Piet Rietveld

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


Studies on the determinants of the demand for higher education typically emphasizethe relevance of socio-economic factors, but leave the spatial dimensions of the prospectivestudents’ university choices largely unexplored. In this study, we investigate the determinantsof university entrance for Dutch high school graduates in 2000, and pay particular attention tothe attractiveness of the university, both in terms of its accessibility and the educationalquality of its programme. We combine cross-section data on the region of origin of the highschool graduate and the university destination region for first-year students with regional anduniversity characteristics in a production-constrained gravity model. The main finding of thestudy is that the behaviour of prospective students is governed by a negative distancedeterrence effect and a downward rent effect, but a positive impact results from regional/urbanamenities rather than from the educational quality of the university programmes.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 03-013/3.

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Date of creation: 17 Feb 2003
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20030013

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Keywords: Demand for higher education; gravity model; education quality; agglomeration economies.;

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  1. Javier García-Estévez & Néstor Duch-Brown, 2012. "Student graduation: to what extent does university expenditure matter?," Working Papers 2012/4, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  2. António Caleiro & Conceição Rego, 2004. "Universities and economically depressed regions: how ‘attractive’ is the University of Évora?," ERSA conference papers ersa04p23, European Regional Science Association.
  3. Bauer, Philipp C. & Riphahn, Regina T., 2004. "Heterogeneity in the Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment: Evidence from Switzerland on Natives and Second Generation Immigrants," IZA Discussion Papers 1354, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Hans Westlund, 2004. "Regional effects of universities and higher education: a knowledge overview of Swedish, Scandinavian and international experiences," ERSA conference papers ersa04p154, European Regional Science Association.
  5. Carlos Vieira & Isabel Vieira, 2009. "Student based funding in higher education systems with declining and uncertain enrolments: the Portuguese case," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2009_02, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  6. Evert Meijers, 2005. "High-level consumer services in polycentric urban regions - hospital care and higher education between duplication and complementarity," ERSA conference papers ersa05p208, European Regional Science Association.


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