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Shortening university career fades the signal away. Evidence from Italy

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  • Carolina Castagnetti

    () (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

  • Silvia Dal Bianco

    () (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

  • Luisa Rosti

    () (Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia)

Abstract

Italian university system was reformed in 2001. This paper tests the screening role of degree scores for 2004-Italian graduates. We find support of the strong screening hypothesis for prereform type degrees, while we do not find any evidence of signalling effects for post-reform 3-years degrees. We gauge that the shutting down of the signal can be partially ascribed to the poor quality of students who obtained a 3-years degree without taking any further education.

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  • Carolina Castagnetti & Silvia Dal Bianco & Luisa Rosti, 2011. "Shortening university career fades the signal away. Evidence from Italy," Quaderni di Dipartimento 146, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
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    Keywords

    Screening; Italy; Higher Education;

    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J08 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics Policies

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