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Determinants of international student migration

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/05/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>The World Economy
Issue number5
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)621-635
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/09/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.