Intercity migration behavior of Chinese graduates: from home region to work destination

  • Yi-Fan Sun
  • Kun-Feng PanEmail author
  • Zhang-Li He
Original Paper


This paper describes an investigation that used data from a census of Chinese graduates to understand the decisions made by graduates migrating from their home region to their first jobs after graduation. Employing a two-stage estimation method, we found that the economic conditions and social amenities are crucial determinants in attracting non-native graduates, and the improvement of innovation level can also help attract more graduates. In addition, low demand for graduates, low innovation level, and poor transportation conditions of cities are the main causes of out-migration of native graduates.

JEL Classifications

R23 J61 I23 J24 



This study was supported by the MOE (Ministry of Education in China) Project of Humanities and Social Sciences (Project No. 16YJCZH088) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Numbers 71804184).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Applied Statistics, School of StatisticsRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of EducationRenmin University of ChinaBeijingChina
  3. 3.Graduate School of EducationPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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