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Why Are they Doing so Well while We Are Doing so Badly? A Comparison between the Canadian and Italian University Systems


  • Gianluigi Pelloni

    () (Department of Economics, University of Bologna; Department of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)


The Italian university system is in a profound and dangerous crisis. The below par performance of Italian universities is compared with the increasingly successful accomplishments of Canadian Universities. The paper identifies the major source of this performance differential in the hiring and promotion procedures. Funding methods also facilitate the success of Canadian Universities. The paper recommends a radical reform of the Italian system and a move towards a more decentralized, independent, flexible and transparent system like that of Canada.

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  • Gianluigi Pelloni, 2009. "Why Are they Doing so Well while We Are Doing so Badly? A Comparison between the Canadian and Italian University Systems," Professional Reports 04_09, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimpre:04_09

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    1. Gianluigi Pelloni & Marco Savioli, 2014. "From Rags to Riches back to Rags? The Slow Economic Decline of a Successful Nation: Italy 1950–2013," Professional Reports 01_14, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
    2. Stelios Katranidis & Theodore Panagiotidis & Costas Zontanos, 2014. "An Evaluation Of The Greek Universities’ Economics Departments," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 66(2), pages 173-182, April.
    3. Gianluigi Pelloni & Marco Savioli, 2014. "Why is Italy doing so badly after doing so well?," Professional Reports 02_14, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
    4. Gianluigi Pelloni & Marco Savioli, 2015. "Why Is Italy Doing So Badly?," Economic Affairs, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(3), pages 349-365, October.
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