Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Guo, Ting URN etd-08142009-040421 Title Differences in income and consumer expenditure patterns between foreign and American graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Degree Master of Science Department Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Garman, E. Thomas Committee Chair Painter, Joseph G. Jr. Committee Chair Leech, Irene E. Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1991-01-05 Availability restricted Abstract
The purpose of the study was to determine the differences in the total annual income, total annual and monthly expenditures, and consumer expenditure patterns between American and foreign graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI & SU).
The study was based on a survey entitled "Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Graduate Students Demographic and Economic Impact Study" conducted in April, 1989. The sample size used in the analysis was 442, including 373 American and 69 foreign students.
The findings from the study showed that (1) the American students had significantly higher total monthly expenditures than did the foreign students; (2) the American students had significantly higher absolute expenditures on tax, auto insurance, gasoline and auto repair, medical, laundry, and gifts and contributions, while the foreign students had significantly higher expenditures for telephone calls~ and (3) the American students had significantly larger percentage expenditure on tax, auto insurance, gasoline and auto repair, and entertainment, while the foreign students had significantly larger percentage expenditures on food, utilities, telephone, and travel.
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