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University dropouts: supply-side issues in Italy

By Lara Gitto, Leo Fulvio Minervini and Luisa Monaco


High student dropout rates are a longstanding issue in Italian universities. University dropouts may be explained by supply side characteristics of Italian universities as well as by students’ individual characteristics. However, existing contributions have focused on the latter group of characteristics. Our econometric analysis uses a fixed effects model and data collected along seven years for Italian universities, starting from 2001. Results show that some supply side features have a relevant impact on dropout rates. Hence, corrective measures aimed at reorganizing the structure of courses and the location of university remote branches might help in reducing dropouts.

Topics: C33 - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series, H52 - Government Expenditures and Education, I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
Year: 2012
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