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Time-to-degree: Students' abilities, university characteristics or what else?

In: Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 5

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  • Giorgia Casalone

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    (University of Piemonte Orientale)

  • Carmen Aina

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    (University of Piemonte Orientale)

  • Eliana Baici

    ()
    (University of Piemonte Orientale)

Abstract

Despite differences existing among tertiary education systems across countries, there is a growing concern about the rise of the time to bachelor degree. Italian university system, in particular, has been traditionally affected by this form of internal inefficiency and a baseline motivation of shorter bachelor degrees introduced in 2001 was the reduction of the average time spent at university. Notwithstanding the remarkable enhancement in terms of study regularity, the average time-to-degree in Italy still remains however larger than the legal duration. This paper aims at investigating which factors are responsible of this poor performance of university students in Italy. Besides students’ abilities, parental background and labour market conditions, we include additional controls measured at the university and faculty level. A survival analysis approach indicates that the elapsed time to degree in Italy is the result not only of pre-college conditions, but also of students’ choices and behaviour once enrolled at university, external conditions, and of the availability of human endowment and facilities provided by university.

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  • María Jesús Mancebón-Torrubia & Domingo P. Ximénez-de-Embún & José María Gómez-Sancho & Greg (ed.), 2010. "Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación," E-books Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación, Asociación de Economía de la Educación, edition 1, volume 5, number 05, 8.
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    Keywords: Tertiary education system; elapsed-time-to-degree; duration models; unobserved heterogeneity.;

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    1. Francesco Giavazzi & Pietro Garibaldi & Andrea Ichino & Enrico Rettore, 2009. "College cost and time to complete a degree: Evidence from tuition discontinuities," Working Papers 354, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
    2. Giorgio Di Pietro, 2006. "Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: Evidence from Italy," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(6), pages 617-630.
    3. G. Boero & T. Laureti & R. Naylor, 2005. "An econometric analysis of student withdrawal and progression in post-reform Italian Universities," Working Paper CRENoS 200504, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.
    4. Häkkinen, Iida & Uusitalo, Roope, 2003. "The Effect of a Student Aid Reform on Graduation: A Duration Analysis," Working Paper Series 2003:8, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Carmen Aina, 2010. "The Determinants of Educational Attainment, University Drop-out and Time-to-Degree. A focus on Italy," Working Papers 132, SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont.

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