Title: Locational patterns of new graduate employment and regional economic performance in Australia

Authors: Jonathan Corcoran, Robert J. Stimson, Tiebei Li

Addresses: School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia. ' Australian Urban Research Infrastructure network (AURIN), The University of Melbourne, Australia. ' Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia

Abstract: The locational patterns of employment of new graduates from universities in Australia are examined in relation to the endogenous regional employment growth of destination regions. The data sources used include the 2006 database provided by the Graduate Careers Council for more than 65,000 university graduates detailing the postcodes locations where they have obtained jobs within six months after graduation in addition to the university where they studied. The analysis investigates the degree to which university graduates obtained jobs within the same region where they studied. In addition, the paper examines the relationship between the attractive force of regions as measured by their share of new graduate jobs generated and the endogenous regional employment growth performance of those regions over the decade 1996–2006 and the national share scale of regional labour markets.

Keywords: human capital; graduate migration; regional economics; economic performance; flow mapping; economic regions; endogenous growth; shift share analysis; Australia; spatial patterns; graduate mobility; Australian Graduate Careers Council; locational patterns; graduate employment; employment growth; destination regions; endogenous growth; regional growth; university graduates; postcode locations; student graduation; higher education; universities; attractive forces; new graduate jobs; national share scale; labour markets; foresight; innovation policies; innovative business resources; economic development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFIP.2011.040065

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2011 Vol.7 No.1/2/3, pp.44 - 55

Published online: 13 May 2011 *

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