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The "Bologna Process" and college enrollment decisions

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  • Cappellari, Lorenzo
  • Lucifora, Claudio

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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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  • Cappellari, Lorenzo & Lucifora, Claudio, 2009. "The "Bologna Process" and college enrollment decisions," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 638-647, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:16:y:2009:i:6:p:638-647
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    University reforms College enrollment College drop-out;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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