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Perceived beneficiaries and support for the globalization of higher education: a survey experiment on attitudes toward international students

Gift, T; Lastra-Anadón, CX; (2021) Perceived beneficiaries and support for the globalization of higher education: a survey experiment on attitudes toward international students. Political Science Research and Methods 10.1017/psrm.2021.23. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Foreign students are one of the most significant immigrant categories in many North American and Western European countries. Yet, as their numbers have swelled, many governments have experienced increasing pressures to cap their entry. This is true despite the sizable benefits that foreign students bring to host countries, and despite standard political economy concerns about immigrants—that they take away jobs or abuse public entitlements—not applying to foreign students. We field a nationally-representative survey experiment in the UK, one of the top destinations for foreign students, to examine potential activators of public support for capping the number of foreign students. Results show that support for caps is most activated when citizens are primed to think about foreign students competing with domestic students for scarce admissions slots at universities.

Type: Article
Title: Perceived beneficiaries and support for the globalization of higher education: a survey experiment on attitudes toward international students
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/psrm.2021.23
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/psrm.2021.23
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Comparative political economy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132066
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