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Why Do Students Expect to Stay Longer in College? Evidence from Europe

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  • Brunello, Giorgio

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    (University of Padova)

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

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    (University of Linz)

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We investigate the expected college completion time of European college students by using data from a survey of more than 3000 students in 10 countries. We explain observed excess time to graduation by paying special attention to labor market variables, such as unemployment, wage differentials and employment protection, and to the funding of tertiary education.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 658.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2002
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2003, 80 (2), 247-253.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp658

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Keywords: college; wage inequality; college completion; expectations;

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  1. Garibaldi, Pietro & Giavazzi, Francesco & Ichino, Andrea & Rettore, Enrico, 2007. "College Cost and Time to Complete a Degree: Evidence from Tuition Discontinuities," CEPR Discussion Papers 6106, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Trude Gunnes & Lars J. Kirkebøen & Marte Rønning, 2012. "Financial incentives and study duration in higher education," Discussion Papers 714, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  3. Janeba, Eckhard & Kemnitz, Alexander & Ehrhart, Nick, 2006. "Studiengebühren in Deutschland: Drei Thesen und ihr empirischer Gehalt," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 14/06, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
  4. Dolores Messer & Stefan Wolter, 2010. "Time-to-degree and the business cycle," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 111-123.
  5. Giorgia Casalone & Carmen Aina, 2011. "Does time-to-degree matter? The effect of delayed graduation on employment and wages," Working Papers 38, AlmaLaurea Inter-University Consortium.
  6. Carmen Aina, 2010. "The Determinants of Success and Failure of Italian University Students. Evidence from administrative data," Working Papers 131, SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont.
  7. Diana Alessandrini, 2014. "On the Cyclicality of Schooling Decisions: Evidence from Canadian Data," Working Paper Series 16_14, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  8. Bigoni, Maria & Fort, Margherita & Nardotto, Mattia & Reggiani, Tommaso, 2011. "Teams or Tournaments? A Field Experiment on Cooperation and Competition among University Students," IZA Discussion Papers 5844, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  10. Bradley, Elizabeth S., 2012. "The Effect of the Business Cycle on Freshman Major Choice," MPRA Paper 42412, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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