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ERIC Number: EJ1061553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1839-7387
The Attractiveness of Regional Towns: Inferring Quality of Life from Higher Education Facilities
Drummond, Aaron; Palmer, Matthew A.; Halsey, R. John
Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, v23 n2 p21-30 2013
We examined whether the presence of higher education facilities made regional towns more attractive as potential residences. Metropolitan undergraduate students reported that they were more willing to live in a regional town with (vs. without) a university. Importantly, this applied regardless of whether they intended to work or study at the university. Perceived quality of life--defined as a combination of resident sociability and happiness, and the estimated amount of activities within the town--mediated the effect of university presence on residency likelihood ratings, suggesting that the presence of a university prompted participants to infer a higher quality of life for town residents. These results have implications for policy to counteract out-migration from regional areas, which threatens food security.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia