Will the regional concentration of tertiary education persist? The case of Europe in a period of rising participation

Hermannsson, K. , Scandurra, R. and Graziano, M. (2019) Will the regional concentration of tertiary education persist? The case of Europe in a period of rising participation. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 6(1), pp. 539-556. (doi: 10.1080/21681376.2019.1680313)

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The economic impact of tertiary education is important for regional development, and whilst participation rates have increased, it is unclear whether this has benefited regions equally. The paper analyses a panel of European regions to determine how the geography of tertiary education has evolved between 2002 and 2012. The results show a mixed picture. Overall, the system is characterized by path dependency, with the past being the best predictor of the future. There are some signs that the most lagging regions in 2002 are catching up, with some benefiting from recently opened institutions. Meanwhile, the very top-performing regions are breaking away from the rest, showing above-average growth, especially in the case capital regions. This work contributes to the ongoing research on the role of higher education in fostering regional economic development, and the emerging inequalities across European regions.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was conducted as part of the Young Adul(ll)t project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme [grant agreement number 693167]. Rosario Scandurra also acknowledges the support of the Juan de la Cierva Grants Programme (Ref. FJCI-2016- 28588).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hermannsson, Professor Kristinn
Authors: Hermannsson, K., Scandurra, R., and Graziano, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Professional Learning and Leadership
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Educational Leadership & Policy
Journal Name:Regional Studies, Regional Science
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2168-1376
Published Online:25 October 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Regional Studies, Regional Science 6(1): 539-556
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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172500YOUNG ADULLLTOscar ValienteEuropean Commission (EC)693167ED - The Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change