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Family Income and Students’ Mobility

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  • Lupi, Claudio

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  • Ordine, Patrizia

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This paper investigates the reasons that determine students’ mobility in Italy and tries to explain why in the presence of quality differentials among universities the majority of students choose to remain in their regions of origin. We find that low mobility is related to family income and other financial and background characteristics. Low mobility in turn implies the existence of little competition among universities, and hence little incentive for improvement in either teaching or research. A crucial issue is therefore to evaluate if and how the government may affect this process and improve the supply of higher education quality and the degree of competition among academic institutions.

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Paper provided by University of Molise, Dept. EGSeI in its series Economics & Statistics Discussion Papers with number esdp08047.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 02 Sep 2008
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Publication status: published in Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, vol 68 (2009), no. 1, pp. 1-23.
Handle: RePEc:mol:ecsdps:esdp08047

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Keywords: Higher education; University choice; Liquidity constraints;

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  1. Patrizia Ordine & Giuseppe Rose, 2007. "Students' Mobility and Regional Disparities in Quality and Returns to Education in Italy," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 66(2), pages 149-176, July.

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