Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 424: Moving home again? Never! The migration patterns of highly educated individuals in Sweden

Lina Bjerke () and Charlotta Mellander ()
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Lina Bjerke: Jönköping International Business School, Postal: Box 1026 , 551 11 Jönköping, , Sweden
Charlotta Mellander: Jönköping International Business School & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), Postal: Box 1026 , 551 11 Jönköping, , Sweden,

Abstract: Two major challenges in Europe’s rural areas are an ageing population and the diminishing share of human capital. While this pattern is not new, the effects are becoming increasingly visible and acute. The long-term loss of younger individuals has in many ways “drained” the labor market and the economic market power of rural areas. This is the focus of our research. Using micro data covering the entire Swedish population, we identify all university graduates from the year 2001. We analyze them with respect to whether they live in a rural or urban region before starting university and where they live at two points in time after graduation. We use a series of multinomial logit regressions to determine what factors affect their short-term and long-term choices of location. We find only minor differences on between these two time-perspectives with a few important exceptions related to civil status and background.

Keywords: urban-rural youth migration; highly educated

JEL-codes: I25; R00

24 pages, November 11, 2015

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