Pulls of International Student Mobility

18 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2011

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Martin Kahanec

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Central European University; Central European Labour Studies Institute

Renáta Králiková

affiliation not provided to SSRN


Economic theory suggests that high-skilled immigration generally has positive effects on the receiving economy. International student mobility is an important channel through which high-skilled immigrants arrive. The purpose of this paper is to identify some of the key determinants of international student mobility among higher education policies. For this purpose we review the existing evidence and compile a longitudinal dataset covering inflows of international students into a number of advanced economies. We then study the effects of various higher education policies on the inflow of international students using parametric as well as non-parametric statistical methods. We conclude that among higher education policies especially the quality of higher education institutions and the availability of programs taught in the English language can act as an important tool to attract international students, and thus high-skilled migrants.

Keywords: higher education, education policy, migration, migration policy, student mobility

JEL Classification: I23, I28, J21, J24, J61, J68

Suggested Citation

Kahanec, Martin and Králiková, Renáta, Pulls of International Student Mobility. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6233, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1977819

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