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The attractiveness of regional towns: inferring quality of life from higher education facilities

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Drummond, A and Palmer, MA and Halsey, RJ, The attractiveness of regional towns: inferring quality of life from higher education facilities, The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 23, (2) pp. 21-30. ISSN 1839-7387 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Abstract

We examined whether the presence of higher education facilities made regional towns more attractive as potential residences. Metropolitan undergraduate students reported that they were more willing to live in a regional town with (vs. without) a university. Importantly, this applied regardless of whether they intended to work or study at the university. Perceived quality of life - defined as a combination of resident sociability and happiness, and the estimated amount of activities within the town - mediated the effect of university presence on residency likelihood ratings, suggesting that the presence of a university prompted participants to infer a higher quality of life for town residents. These results have implications for policy to counteract out-migration from regional areas, which threatens food security.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education; regional; rural; quality of life
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Educational Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Palmer, MA (Dr Matt Palmer)
ID Code:89792
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-03-14
Last Modified:2017-02-22
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