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Household income, family composition and human capital in Southern Italy


  • Emanuela Ghignoni


In this paper I analyse the reasons for the low rate of growth of averagelevel of education in the South of Italy from the labour supply side point of view. In particular I try to develop a theoretical and empirical model based on the hypothesis that the lower income of southern families (compared to those of the Centre and the North), along with the different fertility levels and composition of the families at regional level, have a strong effect on the choice on whether or not to continue studying at university level for the individuals living in different areas of the country.

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  • Emanuela Ghignoni, 2005. "Household income, family composition and human capital in Southern Italy," Working Papers 78, University of Rome La Sapienza, Department of Public Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sap:wpaper:wp78

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    1. Luigi Frey & Emanuela Ghignoni, 2000. "Dinamica demografica, trasformazioni del sistema formativo e capitale umano, con particolare riguardo all'Italia," QUADERNI DI ECONOMIA DEL LAVORO, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2000(67).
    2. Emanuela Ghignoni, 2002. "Istruzione e condizioni monetarie e non monetarie di lavoro nel Mezzogiorno," QUADERNI DI ECONOMIA DEL LAVORO, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2002(74).
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    family structure; fertility; tertiary education.;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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