Cultural Factors and Study Destinations of International Students

24 Pages Posted: 7 May 2020

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Hao Wei

Beijing Normal University (BNU) - School of Economics and Business Administration

may vickey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Laixun Zhao

The Japanese Accounting Review

Date Written: November–December 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the role of cultural factors in attracting international students using data of 102 countries and regions from 2000 to 2015. Our results show that the export of cultural products is conducive to the increase in international students. International students choose to study in developing countries with an official language and religious beliefs that are different from their home country, but tend to choose developed countries with a common language. We also analyze the features of inbound and outbound international students specific to China. Our study indicates that “soft power,” such as a unique culture, common values and migration networks, is important for attracting foreign students.

Keywords: Chinese students abroad, cultural factor, cultural goods export, international student, migration network

JEL Classification: F16, I23

Suggested Citation

Wei, Hao and vickey, may and Zhao, Laixun, Cultural Factors and Study Destinations of International Students (November–December 2019). China & World Economy, Vol. 27, Issue 6, pp. 26-49, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3594700 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cwe.12291

Hao Wei (Contact Author)

Beijing Normal University (BNU) - School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

No.19 Xinwai Str
Haidian District
Beijing, 100875
China

May Vickey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Laixun Zhao

The Japanese Accounting Review ( email )

2-1, Rokkodai cho
Nada-ku
Kobe, 657-8501
Japan

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