Counting Foreign Students

Dani Rodrik gives

the NYT a slap on the wrist today for its article

saying that foreign students "added to the economy" to the tune of

$14.5 billion last year. The article was based on a press

release from the Institute of International Education; the offending figure

comes in the 12th of 12 paragraphs.

The obvious question, then, is why the NYT led with the rather fuzzy and meaningless

$14.5 billion number, rather than the much more germane news, headlined in the

release, that foreign enrollment in US universities is finally rising again

after falling for some time. I can’t say I can think of any good reason: can


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