How personality shapes study location choices

Weisser, R.A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1717-5697, 2020. How personality shapes study location choices. Research in Higher Education, 61 (1), pp. 88-116. ISSN 0361-0365

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In this paper I investigate undergraduate students' discrete location choices in presence of a plethora of potential destinations and psychic costs. I demonstrate how enrolment into institutions of tertiary education is influenced by personality and social preferences. More importantly, these individual traits are found to affect the valuation of location-specific conditions in alternative study locations. Eventually, the relevance of location attributes, such as urban or labour market characteristics, varies substantially with respect to distance and individuals' personality. This has direct implications for student recruitment, since prospective students display distinct geographic sorting patterns along these traits: students featuring higher levels of patience integrate post-graduation opportunities into their decision-making. As a consequence, institutions in economically less prosperous regions might attract a specific subset of the overall student population, which might also have repercussions on student performance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Research in Higher Education
Creators: Weisser, R.A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: February 2020
Volume: 61
Number: 1
ISSN: 0361-0365
9550Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Sep 2019 10:23
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 14:18

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