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Interregional migration of human creative capital: the case of “Bohemian graduates”

Faggian, Alessandra; Comunian, Roberta; Li, Qian Cher


Alessandra Faggian

Roberta Comunian

Qian Cher Li


The human capital endowment has long been perceived to be of paramount importance to regional growth and development. In recent years, there also has been a widely held belief that creativity, going hand in hand with innovation and knowledge creation, readily translates into regional competitiveness. Attracting quality human capital and cultivating creative industry/class have been given an unprecedented level of significance in regional policies. As a result of this, understanding the factors determining the migration behaviour of graduates – and especially graduates in creative disciplines – has clear implications for policy makers. In addressing these issues and advancing our understanding of the relationship between creativity and mobility in human capital, this study provides the first empirical analysis of the role played by graduates' subject background (i.e. creative vs. non-creative subjects) in influencing their migration choice in the UK. Our data employed in this paper primarily draw on the Destinations of Lea-vers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) 2006/2007, collected by the UK's Higher Education Statistic Agency. Graduates are classified into five migration categories based on their migration choices from domicile to university and then onto workplace. Our results show that graduates from disciplines such as business/management and more importantly engineering/technology are more migratory and more likely to be repeat migrants and land higher paid jobs, while graduates from creative arts, education or law are less mobile and, on average, earn less.


Faggian, A., Comunian, R., & Li, Q. C. (2014). Interregional migration of human creative capital: the case of “Bohemian graduates”. Geoforum, 55, 33-42.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 7, 2014
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2014
Publication Date 2014-08
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2019
Journal Geoforum
Print ISSN 0016-7185
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Pages 33-42
Keywords Sociology and political science
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