Publication Date

July 2003


This paper investigates the impact of attending college in a state on the probability of working in the state. I use information on the set of colleges students applied to as a way to account for selection in college-attendance patterns. For two samples of U.S. undergraduate students, I find 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 state merit-scholarship programs, an increasingly popular form of student financial aid.


Suggested Citation
Groen, J. A. (2003). The effect of college location on migration of college-educated labor (CHERI Working Paper #34). Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University.