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Regional Clustering of Human Capital - School Grades and Migration of University Graduates

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  • Tano, Sofia

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

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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 micro data available from the Swedish population registers, 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. Analogously, individuals with a high GPA tend to stay at a higher rate in more flourishing regions.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 879.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: 26 Feb 2014
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0879

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    Keywords: Bivariate probit; individual ability; migration; regional clustering; university graduates;

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    1. Gertrudes Saúde Guerreiro & António Bento Caleiro, 2014. "A convergência espacial do conhecimento em Portugal," Economics Working Papers 01_2014, University of Évora, Department of Economics (Portugal).

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