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Determinants of the international mobility of students

, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg ; , Equippe, University of Lille 1, France ; , Economix, University of Paris Ouest, France

Economics of Education Review Volume 41, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


This paper analyzes the determinants of the choice of location of international students. Building on the documented trends in international migration of students, we identify the various factors associated to the attraction of migrants as well as the costs of moving abroad. Using new data capturing the number of students from a large set of origin countries studying in a set of 13 OECD countries, we assess the importance of the various factors identified in the theory. We find support for a significant network effect in the migration of students, a result so far undocumented in the literature. We also find a significant role for cost factors such as housing prices and for attractiveness variables such as the reported quality of universities. In contrast, we do not find an important role for registration fees.


Beine, M., Noël, R. & Ragot, L. (2014). Determinants of the international mobility of students. Economics of Education Review, 41(1), 40-54. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved January 19, 2020 from .

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