Graduate migration flows in Scotland

Faggian, Allessandra and Li, Qian and Wright, Robert (2009) Graduate migration flows in Scotland. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 33 (1). pp. 35-42. ISSN 2046-5378

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This paper examines the nature of graduate migration flows in Scotland. Migration equation is estimated with micro-data from a matched dataset of Students and Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education information collected by the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA). The probability of migrating from Scotland is related to a set of observable characteristics. These logit regressions are estimated separately for Scotland-domiciled and rest-of-the-UK domiciled graduates and separately for under-graduates graduates and postgraduate graduates. The analysis suggests that migration is a selective process with what can be termed “high achievers” having a higher probability of leaving Scotland after graduation.