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Inequality of educational opportunity in Italy:how fair is the “3+2" reform?

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  • Paolo Brunori
  • Vito Peragine
  • Laura Serlenga

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    (University of Bari
    University of Bari
    University of Bari)

Abstract

In this paper we propose a de_nition of fairness in education which is based onthe theory of equality of opportunity developed in the last decades in the philosophical and economic literature (Roemer,1998; Fleurbaey, 2008), we derive opportunity inequality measures based on such conceptual framework, and we use these measures to evaluate the 1999 reform of the Italian university system (the so called “3+2" reform). Looking at 1995-2004 college graduates data our estimates show an improvement in the equality of opportunity in the access to university. However, the aggregated data available for the 2005-2008 suggest that such a positive e_ect may vanish in the medium run.

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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): 70 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 65-95

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Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v70_n1_p65-95

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Keywords: Equality of opportunity; Higher education;

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