More educated, more mobile? : Evidence from post-secondary education reform
Haapanen, M., & Böckerman, P. (2017). More educated, more mobile? : Evidence from post-secondary education reform. Spatial Economic Analysis, 12 (1), 8-26. doi:10.1080/17421772.2017.1244610
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More educated, more mobile? Evidence from post-secondary education reform. Spatial Economic Analysis. This paper examines the causal impact of the level of education on within-country migration. To account for biases resulting from selection into post-secondary education, it uses a large-scale reform within the higher education system that gradually transformed former vocational colleges into polytechnics in Finland in the 1990s. This reform created quasi-exogenous variation in the supply of higher education over time and across regions. The results based on multinomial treatment effects models and population register data show that, overall, polytechnic graduates have a significantly higher probability of migrating than vocational college graduates, although the estimates vary, for example, by gender, field of study and region.
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