Graduate migration flows in Scotland

Allessandra Faggian, Qian Li, Robert Wright

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • graduate migration
  • Scottish graduates
  • Scottish economy

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