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Geographical Differences in Italian Students' Mathematical Competencies: Evidence from Pisa 2003

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  • Massimiliano Bratti

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    (University of Milan)

  • Daniele Checchi

    (University of Milan)

  • Antonio Filippin

    (University of Milan)

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the existence and the size of geographical differences in Italian students’ mathematical competencies. We analyze a novel data set that combines the 2003 wave of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) with information about local economic conditions and school-level administrative data. We find there is significant positive correlation, across provinces, between mathematical literacy and school buildings maintenance and local employment probabilities. About 75% of the North-South differential in mathematical literacy is accounted for by resource differences, while geographical differences in school production functions account for the remaining fraction.

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Article provided by GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University in its journal Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia.

Volume (Year): 66 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 299-333

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v66_n3_p299-333

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Keywords: education; PISA; students; territorial differences;

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  1. González de San Román, Ainara & de la Rica, Sara, 2012. "Gender Gaps in PISA Test Scores: The Impact of Social Norms and the Mother's Transmission of Role Attitudes," IZA Discussion Papers 6338, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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