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Sessanta anni di istruzione in Italia

  • Daniele Checchi


    (Università degli Studi di Milano)

  • Carlo V. Fiorio


    (Università degli Studi di Milano)

  • Marco Leonardi


    (Università degli Studi di Milano)

In this article we analyze the fulfilment of the 1948 Italian Republican Constitution regarding education. We verify that inequality in the highest degree of attained education has declined within cohorts and geographical areas. We also find a reduction of the impact of the parental background on educational choice over time. However, there still is a relevant difference in the probability of attaining a university degree depending on the parental education. Among the possible reasons, we investigate the differential return of a university degree between individuals with different familiar background, the difference in opportunity costs and the drop-out rates.

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Volume (Year): 96 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (July-August)
Pages: 285-318

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:96:y:2006:i:4:p:285-318
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