Essays in Regional and Migration Economics

The place of residence plays a significant role in various life decisions and overall well-being. While the urban economics literature agrees on the general importance of location characteristics to be a determinant of migration decisions, there is no common sense about which amenities are more are less relevant. Chapter 1 of this thesis shows that socio-political indicators are the best predictors of differences in Quality of Life between German counties. Using a higher education expansion reform in Sweden as a natural experiment, chapters 2 and 3 identify a causal relationship between access to tertiary education institutions and migration decisions as well as spouse selection for young adults.


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