Jonathan Corcoran is a senior lecturer in human geography—Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Faculty of Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Alessandra Faggian is a professor of economic geography—School of Geography, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK. Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org. Philip McCann is a professor of economics—Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, and also, a professor of economics at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. We wish to acknowledge Graduate Careers Australia for their cooperation and the supply of the data on which this paper is based. Graduate Careers Australia cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
Human Capital in Remote and Rural Australia: The Role of Graduate Migration
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2010
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Growth and Change
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 192–220, June 2010
How to Cite
CORCORAN, J., FAGGIAN, A. and MCCANN, P. (2010), Human Capital in Remote and Rural Australia: The Role of Graduate Migration. Growth and Change, 41: 192–220. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2257.2010.00525.x
- Issue published online: 25 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2010
- Submitted August 2009; revised November 2009; accepted January 2010.
In this paper we examine the spatial employment patterns of Australia's university graduates in nonurban locations. Using a 2006 data set recording the employment status of 65,661 university graduates 6 months after their graduation we examine how the personal and human capital characteristics of the individual university graduate affect the type of rural location into which he or she enters for employment purposes. The importance of identifying which types of graduates work where is essential for our understanding of the forces that are currently shaping the spatial distribution of human capital across Australia's regions. In order to do this we allocate postcode-based data of graduate employment to one of five remoteness classes, as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, that allow us to distinguish between different degrees of rurality. The postcode data are used to associate the ways in which the human capital characteristics of the graduate in terms of the types of university degrees awarded and the universities attended, as well as the personal characteristics of the graduate, are related to the degrees of rurality in his or her employment outcomes.