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dc.contributor.advisorArtz, Georgeanne M. (Georgeanne Michael), 1974-eng
dc.contributor.authorLoehner, Robineng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.coverage.temporal2000-2099eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 24, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Georgeanne Artz.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Agricultural economics.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Brain drain, the out-migration of the college educated especially from rural areas, poses a serious threat to the economic viability of many rural communities. This research arose from a growing concern from community residents and policy makers for supporting schools in communities that are losing their college educated population. If students from high quality schools are migrating out of the area, the community does not receive a return on their investment. This leads some to question the necessity of a local high quality school. An alternative view, following Tiebout's public choice theory, sees high quality schools as an amenity that can attract new residents into the area or former residents back. The research explores the possible impact of school characteristics on return migration. This research hypothesizes that a positive school experience can increase return migration flows of college graduates and decrease the impact of out-migration. The study uses the National Educational Longitudinal Survey (NELS:88-00) data set to evaluate a student's decision to return to their local area after graduating from college based on personal, place and school characteristics. The data set is a longitudinal study of 8th graders from 1988 to 2000, when they are twenty-six years old. The data also provide zip code and census data for locations of the students' high school, college and 2000 residence. This allows distance to be measured between these three migration points using latitude and longitude coordinates. In addition, the data provide information about the perception a student has regarding their high school experience and school environment. These variables are explored as possible school quality indicators. A random utility model is used to evaluate a student's choice to return to their local community or migrate elsewhere. The analysis found evidence of return migration to rural areas. When controlling for personal and place characteristics, school characteristics were less likely to impact return migration. It is hoped that this research will provide insight into understanding the causes of migration patterns of college-educated rural youth.eng
dc.format.extentviii, 89 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb7953126xeng
dc.identifier.oclc650080504eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/8140
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8140eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.subject.lcshGraduate student mobilityeng
dc.subject.lcshRural-urban migrationeng
dc.subject.lcshBrain draineng
dc.subject.lcshRural developmenteng
dc.subject.lcshHigh school graduates -- Attitudeseng
dc.subject.lcshRural schools -- Evaluationeng
dc.subject.lcshCities and towns -- Growth -- Historyeng
dc.titleThe impact of school characteristics on return migrationeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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