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The determinants of international students' return intention

  • Jan-Jan Soon

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago)

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    Students' non-return is a specific type of brain drain. This paper is an empirical study of the determinants of students' return intention in New Zealand. Applying a binary logit model on a comprehensive set of survey data, this study finds that initial intention prior to leaving for abroad is the most important factor determining whether or not a student intends to return home after completing his tertiary education. StudentsÕ perceptions on comparative aspects of the home and host country, such as wage competitiveness, working environment, opportunities for knowledge application and lifestyle, also contribute significantly to return intention.

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    File URL: http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/econ/research/discussionpapers/DP_0806.pdf
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    Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0806.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2008
    Date of revision: Jul 2008
    Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:0806
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