This research addresses the geographic mobility of 2,028 graduates of 15 Southern land-grant universities. Concern was directed toward those who accepted positions outside the state where they graduated compared with those who remained within the state. The study uses panel data involving a 1976-77 survey while students were enrolled in an agriculture curriculum at land-grant schools and a follow-up survey a decade later. Migration patterns were identified and both demographic characteristics and employment history were examined. Migrant graduates were compared with non-migrant graduates according to what they considered important in accepting a first job as well as actual job earnings. Although migrant graduates attributed more importance on work characteristics than economic reasons for accepting out-of-state jobs, higher starting salary and better benefits were found to be important factors associated with the move to another state. Differences were also detected for male and female graduates. Theoretical interpretation and policy implications are discussed.

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