Research Seminar

What Matters for the Decision to Study Abroad? A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Cape Verde — Cátia Batista

23 Jan 2024

24105 Kiel
Kiel Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiellinie 66


Cátia Batista (Nova Lisboa)


Study abroad migration is the fastest growing international migration flow. However, the college completion rates of students from low-income countries are often modest in OECD countries, raising the hypothesis that these migrants are poorly informed about the costs and benefits of their decision. Our work tests this hypothesis by running a lab-in-the-field experiment where graduating high school students in Cape Verde are faced with incentivized decisions to apply for college studies abroad. Our results show that potential migrants react strongly to information about the availability of financial support and about college completion rates. Since their prior beliefs on availability of financial support are overoptimistic, it is likely that study migrants need to shift their time from study to work after migration, which likely harms their scholar performance. Policies that inform potential migrants of actual study funding possibilities should decrease study migration flows, but are likely to improve successful graduation. 


Lecture Hall (A-032)