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CentrePiece article
Overseas students: the impact on domestic student numbers
Stephen Machin and Richard Murphy
October 2014
Paper No' CEPCP426:
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CentrePiece 19 (2) Autumn 2014

JEL Classification: I20; I21; I28

Tags: overseas students; crowding out

The rapid influx of international students into UK universities over the past two decades has expanded the number of places available for domestic postgraduates, according to research by Stephen Machin and Richard Murphy. Universities seem to use the extra fees from overseas students to subsidise domestic postgraduates. Their study also finds that domestic undergraduate numbers have been unaffected. Strict quotas on the numbers of domestic undergraduates have probably impeded their growth.

This article summarises 'Paying Out and Crowding Out? The Globalisation of Higher Education' by Stephen Machin and Richard Murphy, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1299, September 2014