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Locational choices and the costs of distance: empirical evidence for Dutch graduates

Carree, Martin and Kronenberg, Kristin (2012): Locational choices and the costs of distance: empirical evidence for Dutch graduates.

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Abstract

This study identifies and analyzes the effects of university/college graduates’ personal, household and employment characteristics as well as the attributes of their study, work and home locations on their college-to-work, college-to-residence, and commuting distances. The results illustrate that graduates are drawn to prospering regions with ample job opportunities, supposedly in order to advance their careers. They choose their places of residence so as to balance their commuting distances and the distances to their previous places of study. Residential amenities have a comparatively small effect on graduates’ locational choices, whereas they appear to value accessibility of the place of residence.

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