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Motivations for the Bessarabian youth to study in Romanian universities


  • Stefanescu, Razvan
  • Dumitriu, Ramona
  • Nistor, Costel


This paper explores the decisions of Bessarabian youth to study in a branch of a Romanian university. We used data collected from individual interviews with 58 students. We find that uncertainty and the material constraints played a major role in their choice. We also identify some factors with relevant influence on the schooling decisions, such as the perceptions about the costs of education, the wage expectations, and the compatibility with the future profession.

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  • Stefanescu, Razvan & Dumitriu, Ramona & Nistor, Costel, 2011. "Motivations for the Bessarabian youth to study in Romanian universities," MPRA Paper 41621, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Oct 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:41621

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    Schooling decisions; Bessarabian students; Economics high education;

    JEL classification:

    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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