The Second Dividend of Studying Abroad: The Impact of International Student Mobility on Academic Performance
cege Discussion Papers No. 215
28 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2014
Date Written: September 25, 2014
This paper investigates the effect of studying abroad on students’ success at university. Using an extensive dataset, propensity score matching is applied to account for possible self-selection into international mobility. Our empirical analysis suggests that a temporary study-related visit abroad significantly improves the final university grade, thus granting a second dividend in addition to personal experience. However, it seems that this effect is mainly driven by selective transferring of grades. Moreover, the study shows that a sojourn reduces the probability of finishing studies within the standard time period, suggesting that this dividend comes at a cost.
Keywords: Tertiary education, international student mobility, academic performance, grade point average, propensity score matching
JEL Classification: I21, J61, J11
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