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Cutting the Apron Strings? The clustering of young graduates and the role of the public sector

Cutting the Apron Strings? The clustering of young graduates and the role of the public sector

Jonathan Wright
15 February 2011

Cities benefit from the clustering of highly skilled people. But we know little about graduate retention in the UK. Young graduates are highly mobile and have traditionally moved to the South East to find work. This paper demonstrates that over the last decade there has been a ‘spreading out’ of young graduates. Increased demand from the public sector has strengthened graduate retention in many towns and cities in the North and Midlands. It argues that public sector cuts could have profound implications, and highlights the policy challenges that may arise as a result.

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