The Americanization of European Higher Education and Research
AbstractOver the past two decades there has been a substantial increase in the mobility of students in Europe, while also research has become much more internationally oriented. In this paper we document changes in the structure of research and higher education in Europe and investigate potential explanations for the strong increase in its international orientation. While higher education started to grow substantially around 1960, only a few decades later, research and higher education transformed gradually to the American standard. Decreased communication costs are likely causes for this trend. This transformation is most clearly revealed in the change of language used in research from the national language, Latin, German and French to English. Smaller language areas made this transformation earlier while there are also clear timing differences between research fields. Sciences and medicine tend to switch to English first, followed by economics and social sciences, while for law and arts only the first signs of such a transformation are currently observed. This suggests that returns to scale and the transferability of research results are important influences in the decision to adopt the international standard.
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Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Publication status: published in: Charles T. Clotfelter (ed.), American Universities in a Global Market, NBER, 2010
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- Lex Borghans & Frank Cörvers, 2010. "The Americanization of European Higher Education and Research," NBER Chapters, in: American Universities in a Global Market, pages 231-267 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Lex Borghans & Frank Cörvers, 2009. "The Americanization of European Higher Education and Research," NBER Working Papers 15217, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
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- NEP-LAB-2009-10-10 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOG-2009-10-10 (Sociology of Economics)
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