Universities, agglomerations and graduate human capital mobility

Faggian, Alessandra and McCann, Philip (2009) Universities, agglomerations and graduate human capital mobility. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie [Journal of Economic and Social Geography], 100, (2), 210-223. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9663.2009.00530.x).


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In this paper we examine one aspect of agglomeration, namely the geography of human capital. In some contexts, human capital may be very mobile, and understanding local agglomeration processes therefore requires us to consider inter-regional flows of human capital. In particular, here we discuss the flows of students in Great Britain from domicile into university and then the flows of graduate human capital from university into first employment. We then estimate the local/non-local pattern of these flows as a function of the characteristics of the university, of the student population, and of the local region. Our findings suggest that university attendance in Great Britain is generally associated with very significant levels of human capital mobility, and only certain types of higher education institutions play a significant employment role in their local economies.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9663.2009.00530.x
ISSNs: 0040-747X (print)
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Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 67045
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2009Published
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:53
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67045

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