University graduates in metropolitan and peripheral areas: mobility, occupational choice and outcomes

Ina Drejer, Jacob Rubæk Holm, Kristian Nielsen*

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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between mobility patterns, occupational choices and performance outcomes of university graduates from metropolitan and peripheral areas. After statistical matching, we find opposite outcomes for geographically mobile wage earners and entrepreneurs. Graduates from the periphery who stay in the study region to work have an inferior performance outcome compared with those who move to the metropolitan region. This ‘penalty’ is not present for non-movers in metropolitan areas. Non-mobile entrepreneurs benefit from attachment to their home region, in particular in the periphery. These findings can help direct regional policy aimed at retaining graduates and promoting regional development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Studies
Volume56
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)989-1000
Number of pages12
ISSN0034-3404
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • coarsened exact matching
  • Denmark
  • entrepreneurs
  • mobility patterns
  • wage earners

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