Under-employment and migration

Irene Mosca, Robert Wright

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This paper examines empirically the relationship between under-employment and migration amongst graduates of Scottish higher education institutions with micro-data collected by the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The analysis suggests that there is a positive relationship between migration and graduate-job employment. This relationship is particularly strong for Scotland-domiciled graduates who studied in Scotland. This positive relationship is consistent with the view that there is in over-education/under-employment problem in Scotland. However, other explanations are possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • labour market
  • employment
  • migration


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