Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/231297
Authors: 
Czarnitzki, Dirk
Joosten, Wytse
Toivanen, Otto
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers No. 21-011
Abstract: 
International student exchange has become an important part of university-level studies and the EU plans to increase it significantly. We analyze how international student exchange affects students' academic human capital. Using detailed student-level data from four faculties (Economics and Business, Law, Engineering and Science) of a large Belgian public university we find that, on average, exchange students lose 7% in terms of grades relative to their non-mobile peers, but less so in Erasmus-facilitated exchange. Since students' academic performance is an important factor in companies' hiring decisions, participation in international exchange seems to have a non-negligible impact on labor market outcomes.
Subjects: 
Exchange programs
student mobility
academic performance
JEL: 
I23
I26
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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