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Regional Sorting of Human Capital – the Choice of Location among Young Adults in Sweden

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  • Berck, Peter

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    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy)

  • Tano, Sofia

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

  • Westerlund, Olle

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    (Department of Economics, Umeå School of Business and Economics)

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    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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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 878.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 26 Feb 2014
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0878

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    Keywords: Agglomeration; human capital; local public sector; location choice;

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