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Does the Expansion of Higher Education Increase the Equality of Educational Opportunities? Evidence from Italy

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  • Massimiliano Bratti
  • Daniele Checchi
  • Guido De Blasio

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. This paper studies the role of the expansion of higher education (HE) in increasing the equality of tertiary education opportunities. We examine Italy's experience during the 1990s, when policy changes prompted HE institutions to offer a wider range of degrees and to open new sites in neighbouring provinces. Our analysis focuses on non‐mature full‐time students and suggests that HE expansion might have had only limited effects in terms of reducing existing individual inequality in HE achievement as it had a significantly positive impact only on the probability of university enrolment but not on that of obtaining a university degree.

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  • Massimiliano Bratti & Daniele Checchi & Guido De Blasio, 2008. "Does the Expansion of Higher Education Increase the Equality of Educational Opportunities? Evidence from Italy," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 22(s1), pages 53-88, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:22:y:2008:i:s1:p:53-88
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9914.2008.00411.x
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