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Determinants of International Student Migration

Abbott, Andrew; Silles, Mary


Andrew Abbott

Mary Silles


© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This paper considers what factors determine the migration of overseas students, when students cross borders for higher education. We utilise a gravity model for international student mobility and derive estimates for a sample of 18 countries of destination and 38 countries of origin over the period 2005-11. Our results confirm that geographical distance and the presence of a common language are powerful in explaining bilateral student flows. Our most interesting finding is that time zone differences have a statistically significant and economically large effect in determining international student flows. Copyright

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2016
Journal The world economy
Print ISSN 0378-5920
Electronic ISSN 1467-9701
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 5
Pages 621-635
APA6 Citation Abbott, A., & Silles, M. (2016). Determinants of International Student Migration. The World economy, 39(5), 621-635 .
Keywords Student mobility, Migration, Gravity equation, Higher education
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: The world economy, 2016, v.39, issue 5.


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