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University quality, interregional brain drain and spatial inequality. The case of Italy

  • Ciriaci, Daria

Universities are increasingly recognized as key driver of economic development through their role in knowledge production and human capital accumulation, and as attraction poles for talents. That is why this paper analyses the sequential migration behaviour of Italian students-graduates before their enrolment at university, and after graduation, and the role that university quality has in these choices. From a regional development perspective, a better understanding of the causes of Italian interregional brain drain may help to guide policy intervention aimed at reversing or partially compensating for its negative effects on the source regions. The results confirm ‘university quality’ as a «supply» tool for policy makers to counterbalance the negative effects of the brain drain on human capital accumulation.

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Date of creation: 06 Dec 2009
Date of revision: 31 Mar 2011
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30015
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