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The "Bologna Process" and college enrollment decisions

  • Cappellari, Lorenzo
  • Lucifora, Claudio

We use survey data on high school graduates before and after the Italian reform of tertiary education implementing the "Bologna Process" to estimate its impact on college enrollment. Individuals leaving school after the reform have a probability of enrollment that is 15% higher compared to otherwise identical individuals. This increase is concentrated among individuals with good school performance and low parental background. We interpret this result as an indication of the existence of constraints - for good students from less advantaged households - on the optimal schooling decision. We also find a small negative impact of the reform on university drop-out.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 638-647

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