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Pushed Away From Home? Spatial Mobility Of Prospective Higher Education Students And The Enrolment Decision


  • Diogo Lourenço

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Porto)

  • Carla Sá

    () (School of Economics and Management, University of Minho)

  • Orlanda Tavares

    () (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education)


We examine the impact of spatial mobility on enrolments in higher education. Candidates are grouped per their willingness to move and the district of placement. Findings point to a sizeable group who are voluntarily mobile or immobile. About 20% of students, however, were not placed in their first choice of destination. Using a logit model, estimation shows that candidates pushed away face a probability of enrolment about 17 percentage points lower than that of those who voluntarily stay in their home district. The availability of private sector alternatives in the home district has a role in the enrolment likelihood.

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  • Diogo Lourenço & Carla Sá & Orlanda Tavares, 2017. "Pushed Away From Home? Spatial Mobility Of Prospective Higher Education Students And The Enrolment Decision," FEP Working Papers 593, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.
  • Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:593

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    Student Mobility; Enrolments; Involuntary Mobility;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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