The (adverse) consequences of expanding higher education: evidence from Italy

Oppedisano, V. 2011. The (adverse) consequences of expanding higher education: evidence from Italy. Economics of Education Review. 30, pp. 997-1008. doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.04.010

TitleThe (adverse) consequences of expanding higher education: evidence from Italy
AuthorsOppedisano, V.
Abstract

Over the period 1995–1998 Italy experienced an expansion of its higher education supply with the aim of reducing regional differences in educational attainment. This paper evaluates the effects of this policy on enrolment, drop out and academic performance. The paper combines differences across provinces in the number of campuses constructed with differences across cohorts of secondary school leavers. Findings suggest that enrollment rose, particularly among middle ability individuals from less favorable backgrounds, as well as the probability of being retained in the university system. The decline in passed exams, especially experienced in Southern regions, casts doubts on the policy effectiveness in reducing regional disparities.

KeywordsHigher education, Supply of education, College enrolment, College drop out
Article number30
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Journal citation30, pp. 997-1008
ISSN0272-7757
Year2011
PublisherElsevier
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.04.010
Publication dates
PublishedOct 2011

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