This paper explores the influence of educational attainment on the likelihood of migration from Finland.
Annual hazard rates for migration in the late 1980s and 1990s are estimated using detailed micro data from the Finnish
longitudinal population register. We show that the effect varies notably by age. Around age 20, the lowest educated
people have the highest migration rates, whereas in higher ages the best educated are the most prone to migrate. We also
find that people raised in the upper social classes have approximately twice the migration rates of those originating in the
lower social classes. Socioeconomic background even turns out to have a stronger impact on migration than education
has. The results highlight that making inference about the effect of education on migration can be highly sensitive to age-
specific migration patterns, and that more attention should be directed towards the situation in the family home as a