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Does university choice drive graduates’ employability?

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  • Ciriaci, Daria
  • Muscio, Alessandro

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Universities have come under increasing pressure to become key drivers of economic development in the age of the knowledge economy. Yet we know very little about the impact of university quality and scientific excellence on the probability of graduates finding jobs. This paper investigates the determinants of Italian graduates’ employability 1-year and 3-years after graduation, with special reference to university quality measured in terms of research performance. Our results confirm that the ‘better’ the university, the higher the likelihood that graduates will be employed. We also observe strong effects associated with field of study, and wide regional differences.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 22527.

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