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Time-to-Degree: Students' Abilities, University Characteristics or What Else? Evidence from Italy

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  • Carmen Aina
  • Eliana Baici
  • Giorgia Casalone

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    (SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - Università del Piemonte Orientale "Amedeo Avogadro")

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We use a representative sample of Italian graduates drawn from the Consorzio AlmaLaurea to assess the impact of individuals and family characteristics, university inputs and the labour market on the time taken to attain a degree. Our estimates highlight that all these dimensions drive the outcome analysed. Especially a weakening labour market causes such worsening academic performance. Our results suggest the need for a comprehensive policy intervention to increase the number of students graduating within the minimum period.

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Paper provided by SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont in its series Working Papers with number 130.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:upo:upopwp:130

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