ERIC Number: ED482450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul-30
The Effect of College Location on Migration of College-Educated Labor.
Groen, Jeffrey A.
This paper investigates the impact of attending college in a state on the probability of working in that state, looking at states' adoption of merit based scholarship programs as a major source of student financial aid. The study uses information on the set of colleges that students applied to as a way to account for selection in college attendance patterns. Analysis of data from two longitudinal data sets of students who attended college in the 1970s (including information on students' location during high school, colleges they applied to and attended, and state of residence 10-15 years after college) indicates that there is a modest link between attending college in a state and working in the state. The magnitude of the effect raises doubts that location-choice considerations alone can justify merit scholarship programs. The translation of additional students to additional college educated workers in a state is much less than one-for-one because the labor market acts to re-sort students across states after college. Thus, the mobility of college graduates across states limits the effectiveness of merit scholarship program. (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Population Studies Center.
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED525088
Note: Support also provided by Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.