Impacts of Study Abroad on Students' Academic Development, Global Perspective and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from U.S. Undergraduate Students
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Hence, this research builds up a comprehensive conceptual framework and endeavors to apply field experiment and quasi-experiment methods based on a large student population to determine the causality between students’ study abroad experience at college and the multi-dimensioned outcomes in their lives. This study uses most recent National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data to understand the behavior of study abroad activities, and their impacts on students’ at-college learning outcomes, and post-college labor market returns in the long run.
This research builds up analytical models to examine the following research questions: a) who are the never takers and what are their concerns? b) what’s the impact of study abroad experience on students' cognitive and non-cognitive skills development at college; and c) what's the impact of study abroad on students' post-college labor market outcomes?
To address these research questions, this study uses a set of quantitative research methods including OLS, instrumental variables, propensity score matching, principal component analysis, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and path analysis.