DP7657 Does university quality drive international student flows?

Author(s): Linda Van Bouwel, Reinhilde Veugelers
Publication Date: January 2010
Keyword(s): higher education, international student mobility, quality indicators, university rankings
JEL(s): F22, I23, J61
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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We examine whether the (research) quality of a country’s higher education system drives macro-flows of foreign tertiary students in Europe. We use various measures on the quality of a country’s higher education system in an extended gravity model. We find that quality has a positive and significant effect on the size and direction of flows of students exchanged between 18 European countries.