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How Can Scholarship Institutions Foster the Return of Foreign Students?


  • Henseler Miriam

    () (Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Konstanz, c/o Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Kennedyallee 40, 53175 Bonn, Germany)

  • Plesch Joachim

    () (Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Universität Konstanz, Hans Sauerbruch Str. 19, 78467 Konstanz, Germany)


We investigate the return decision of students from developing and transition countries who studied in Germany and received support from a scholarship institution. Using a discrete time duration analysis and controlling for economic, political and institutional determinants, we find that individual factors, in particular age and time spent in the host country, have a crucial impact on the return decision. We propose selection criteria and proper contractual arrangements that are liable to induce students to return, thereby fostering the economic development in their home countries.Moreover, we analyze the impact of cultural differences between home and host country on the return decision. Especially graduates from Africa seem to consider cultural differences when deciding whether and when to return.

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  • Henseler Miriam & Plesch Joachim, 2009. "How Can Scholarship Institutions Foster the Return of Foreign Students?," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 229(4), pages 382-409, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:229:y:2009:i:4:p:392-409

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    1. Thomas Lange, 2009. "Return migration of foreign students and the choice of non-resident tuition fees," ifo Working Paper Series 74, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
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