Student Author(s)

Katheryn Irwin, Hope College

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Rachel Schutte, Political Science

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This project focuses on the phenomenon of college graduates migrating to big cities, and thus creating a loss of human capital in small towns. This phenomenon is also known as rural “brain drain.” I expect to find that small towns engage in a variety of activities and development plans in order to create more opportunities and jobs for college graduates, and to gain back human capital. This phenomenon holds great significance as more and more young academics and professionals are moving to big cities and metropolitan areas than ever before.