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Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: Evidence from Italy


  • Giorgio Di Pietro


Di Pietro G. (2006) Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: evidence from Italy, Regional Studies 40, 617-630. The paper assesses the impact of regional labour market conditions on university dropout rates in Italy using panel data and cross-sectional estimation techniques. The empirical results obtained from both these methods support the hypothesis of a negative relationship between regional unemployment rates and university dropout rates. Additionally, both analyses underscore the importance of controlling for unobservable regional characteristics and suggest that the results of studies without such controls should be interpreted cautiously. Di Pietro G. (2006) Les conditions des marches du travail regionaux et le nombre d'etudiants qui abandonnent leurs etudes: des preuves italiennes, Regional Studies 40, 617-630. A partir de donnees de panal et de donnees en coupes transversales, cet article cherche a evaluer l'impact des conditions des marches du travail regionaux sur le nombre d'etudiants universitaires qui abandonnent leurs etudes en Italie. Les resultats empiriques ainsi obtenus soutiennent l'hypothese suivant: les taux de chomage regionaux et le nombre d'etudiants universitaires qui abandonnent leurs etudes sont en correlation faible. En outre, les deux analyses soulignent l'importance de tenir compte des caracteristiques regionales qui ne sont pas observables et laissent supposer que l'on devrait interpreter avec prudence les resultats des etudes qui n'en tiennent pas compte. Abandon des etudes Conditions du marche du travail Approche effets fixes Di Pietro G. (2006) Regionale Arbeitsmarktbedingungen und Universitatsausstiegsraten: Beweise aus Italien, Regional Studies 40, 617-630. Dieser Aufsatz beurteilt die Auswirkung regionaler Arbeitsmarktbedingungen auf Raten des Studiumsabbruchs in Italien mit Hilfe von Datenlisten und Methoden der Querschnittsberechnung. Die so von beiden Methoden gewonnenen, empirischen Ergebnisse bekraftigen die Hypothese einer negativen Beziehung zwischen regionalen Erwerbstatigkeitsraten und Raten der Universitatsaussteiger. Ausserdem unterstreichen beide Analysen die Bedeutung der Regulierung nicht beobachtbarer regionaler Eigenschaften, und legen nahe, dass die Ergebnisse von Studien ohne derartige Kontrollmassnahmen mit Vorsicht interpretiert werden sollten. Ausstieg Arbeitsmarktbedingungen Ansatz festgelegter Wirkungen Di Pietro G. (2006) Las condiciones del mercado laboral regional y el ratio de abandono en los estudios universitarios: el caso de Italia, Regional Studies 40, 617-630. El articulo estudia el impacto de las condiciones regionales del mercado laboral sobre el ratio de abandono universitario utilizando datos de panel y tecnicas de estimacion de seccion cruzada. Los resultados obtenidos mediante ambos metodos proporcionan suporte a la hipotesis de una relacion negativa entra la tasa de desempleo y el ratio de abandono. Ademas, ambos analisis recalcan la importancia de tener en cuenta el impacto de variables regionales no observables y sugieren que los resultados de aquellos estudios que no consideren este efecto deben ser interpretados con precaucion. Ratio de abandono Condiciones del mercado laboral Tecnicas de efectos fijos

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  • Giorgio Di Pietro, 2006. "Regional labour market conditions and university dropout rates: Evidence from Italy," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(6), pages 617-630.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:40:y:2006:i:6:p:617-630
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400600868770

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