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Mass Tertiary Education, Higher Education Standard and University Reform: A Theoretical Analysis

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  • Massimiliano BRATTI

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    (Universit… di Milano, DEAS)

  • Chiara BROCCOLINI

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    (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)

  • Stefano STAFFOLANI

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    (Universita' Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Economia)

Abstract

After the "3+2" University reform in Italy there has been a fast increase in the number of students. A common wisdom is that this result was partly achieved by reducing the standard of Higher Education (HE). In this paper we first build a theoretical model in which individuals decide whether to enrol in HE along with their optimal course quality, and whether to dropout. Then, we use the model to analyse the effect of a reduction in the standards of HE courses available in the educational system on overall enrollment and drop-out. We show that a reduction in HE standard helps achieving a mass tertiary education by increasing both the number of students and that of university graduates but it does not necessarily increase the overall efficiency of the HE system measured in terms of drop-out or graduation rates.

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Paper provided by Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali in its series Working Papers with number 277.

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Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Keywords: ability; drop-out; enrolment; italy; reform; standard; university;

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  1. Massimiliano BRATTI & Chiara BROCCOLINI & Stefano STAFFOLANI, 2006. "Is '3+2' Equal to 4? University Reform and Student Academic Performance in Italy," Working Papers, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali 251, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
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  2. Elena AMBROSETTI & Eralba CELA & Tineke FOKKEMA, 2011. "The Remittances Behaviour of the Second Generation in Europe: Altruism or Self-Interest?," Working Papers, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali 368, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.
  3. Paolo Brunori & Vito Peragine & Laura Serlenga, 2010. "Fairness in education: The Italian university before and after the reform," Working Papers 175, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  4. Paolo Brunori & Vito Peragine & Laura Serlenga, 2013. "The Bologna Process and Fairness in University Education: Evidence from Italy," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 11(2), pages 19-22, 07.
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