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Regional concentration of university graduates: The role of high school grades and parental background

Kent Eliasson (), Mika Haapanen () and Olle Westerlund ()
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Kent Eliasson: Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis, Östersund, Sweden. Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University, Sweden.
Olle Westerlund: Department of Economics, Umeå University, Postal: Department of Economics, Umeå University, S 901 87 Umeå, Sweden, https://www.umu.se/handelshogskolan

No 966, Umeå Economic Studies from Umeå University, Department of Economics

Abstract: In this paper, we analyse long-term changes in the regional distribution and migration flows of university graduates in Finland and Sweden. The study is based on detailed longitudinal population register data, including information on high school grades and parental background. We find a distinct pattern of skill divergence across regions in both countries over the last three decades. The uneven distribution of human capital has been reinforced by the mobility patterns among university graduates, for whom regional sorting by high school grades and parental background is evident. Our findings indicate that traditional measures of human capital concentration most likely underscore actual regional differences in productive skills.

Keywords: Human capital; university graduates; migration; school grades; parental education; local labour market areas (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J61 R10 R12 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2019-11-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-lab, nep-mig and nep-ure
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