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Prendere lucciole per lanterne? I test di ammissione all'Università come strumento di selezione degli studenti


  • Staffolani Stefano


This paper analyses the efficiency of theentrance tests in comparison with other formsof selection for admission to the University. It isbased on the data assembled by the EconomicsFaculty of the Polytechnic University of theMarche, where all the students are subjected toa non-selective entrance test and where data areavailable on performance in the first year of study.The results of the empirical analyses show that inpractice the entrance test alone yields no additionalinformation to that offered by the school leavingcertificate marks and type. The most efficient wayto select students (especially in terms of reducingthe expected drop-out rate) is based on the generaleducational attainment, possibly corroboratedwith performance of a test.

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  • Staffolani Stefano, 2013. "Prendere lucciole per lanterne? I test di ammissione all'Università come strumento di selezione degli studenti," Economia & lavoro, Carocci editore, issue 1, pages 87-98.
  • Handle: RePEc:caq:j950ix:doi:10.7384/73521:y:2013:i:1:p:87-98

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    1. Ruggero Grilli & Gabriele Tedeschi & Mauro Gallegati, 2015. "Markets connectivity and financial contagion," Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination, Springer;Society for Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, vol. 10(2), pages 287-304, October.
    2. Eralba CELA & Tineke FOKKEMA & Elena AMBROSETTI, 2012. "Links Between Transnationalism Integration and Duration of Residence: The Case of eastern European Migrants in Italy," Working Papers 386, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.

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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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