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The wage return to graduate in a regional university: evidence from Italy


  • Paolo Ghinetti

    () (Università del Piemonte Orientale)

  • Simone Moriconi

    () (Università del Piemonte Orientale and Universit é du Luxembourg)


In this paper we use a representative sample drawn from the `Indagine Statistica sull' Inserimento Professionale dei Laureati' by the Italian National Statistical Institute and data by the Italian Ministry of Education to look at the wage returns from attendance to a regional university (i.e. not located in a metropolitan area) three years after graduation. Our results show that, after accounting for observed characteristics of individuals and colleges, a wage premium is associated to graduating in a regional university. This finding may be interpreted as regional universities enhancing the local human capital stock or creating specific skills needed by the local economic environment.

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  • Paolo Ghinetti & Simone Moriconi, 2010. "The wage return to graduate in a regional university: evidence from Italy," CREA Discussion Paper Series 10-23, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
  • Handle: RePEc:luc:wpaper:10-23

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    1. 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.
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    University graduates’ labour market; regional university; wage differentials;

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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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