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Motives behind the mobility of university graduates – A study of three German universities

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  • Sidonia von Proff

    (Economic Geography and Location Research, Philipps-University, Marburg)

  • Matthias Duschl

    (Economic Geography and Location Research, Philipps-University, Marburg)

  • Thomas Brenner

    (Economic Geography and Location Research, Philipps-University, Marburg)

Abstract

The mobility of university graduates is influenced by economic factors and individual attitudes. The paper at hand focuses on individual characteristics influencing the spatial preferences of graduates from three universities in Hesse (Germany). Using survey data from prospective graduates in 2012 we find that the majority has preferred locations during the job search, which are on average farther away if the respondents focus on broad availability of job opportunities and leisure/cultural activities. Social ties and a focus on good infrastructure leads to a search dominantly at familiar places, i.e. the home or university region.

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  • Sidonia von Proff & Matthias Duschl & Thomas Brenner, 2014. "Motives behind the mobility of university graduates – A study of three German universities," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2014-08, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
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    graduate mobility; regional labor mobility; universities;
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    JEL classification:

    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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