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Our research aims to use a gravity model to assess the importance of geographical distance and other macroeconomic factors associated with the destination country chosen by students when pursuing tertiary education abroad. We analyze a large sample of data that includes international students from nearly every country in the world from 2013 to 2021. Our results indicate that geographical distance is an important factor when students choose to study abroad and that this effect is most pronounced for students from lower-income countries. We also find that the flow of international students became more sensitive to geographical distance as the years progressed in our sample. We speculate this is occurring because a growing proportion of international students are from lower-income countries and are more sensitive to costs incurred with longer geographical distances.


Economics, Finance, & Accounting

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in-person poster




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