Special Session Call for Papers – 7th International Conference on Population Geographies

Call for Papers: “Internal migration of graduates and regional labour markets”

To be held at the 7th International Conference on Population Geographies
Population Research Centre
University of Groningen
25 – 28 June 2013

This special session aims at bringing together the latest in research on internal migration and the regional labour market outcomes of lower and higher educated graduates, both at the individual and the regional level.

Universities and other institutions of higher education have been identified as important drivers of regional economies. They provide positive knowledge externalities not only through the dissemination of innovative research findings and R&D, but also as the suppliers of a highly educated labour force. At the individual level, studies assess the labour market outcomes of these graduates in terms of job match, job satisfaction and wages. Also, the transition into self-employment is receiving more and more attention.

Institutions for (lower) vocational training have an equally important role to play in the local labour market. Globalization processes are found to have their effect on the demand for workers with lower and higher skills, with the position of lower skilled workers often found to be under pressure. In particular the transition from school to work is receiving more and more policy attention, for example with an eye to the prevention of dropping out and job-education mismatches.

Internal migration is an important mediating factor in the labour market entry and subsequent transitions of lower and higher skilled graduates. Migration, some studies seem to suggest, may lead to increased levels of wage and job satisfaction. Likewise, migration may have important consequences for the success of new start-ups. Recent studies stress, apart from the obvious large flows towards the economic centre of countries, the importance of factors such as preferences for the domestic region and the effect of local recruitment of the best students in explaining national migration flows of graduates. From the perspective of local policy, the question which regions are best able to retain or attract labour with the right skill profile is highly relevant.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– Job match and job satisfaction
– Wage outcomes for graduates
– Serial migration by graduates
– Social networks and place preferences
– Migration for work and longer term outcomes
– Comparative (country) studies
– The role of partners in migration decisions
– Self-employment success by graduates
– Student entrepreneurship

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Viktor Venhorst (University of Groningen), v.a.venhorst@rug.nl
Rachel Franklin (Brown University), rachel_franklin@brown.edu
Inge Noback (University of Groningen), i.noback@rug.nl
Sierdjan Koster (University of Groningen), sierdjan.koster@rug.nl

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