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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


Abbott, A., & Silles, M. (2016). Determinants of International Student Migration. The World economy, 39(5), 621-635.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2015
Publication Date May 1, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2015
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
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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