The 'Bologna Process' and College Enrolment Decisions

36 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2008

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Lorenzo Cappellari

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We use survey data on cohorts of high school graduates observed before and after the Italian reform of tertiary education implementing the 'Bologna process' to estimate the impact of the reform on the decision to go to college. We find that individuals leaving high school after the reform have a probability of going to college that is 10 percent higher compared to individuals making the choice under the old system. We show that this increase is concentrated among individuals with good high-school performance and low parental (educational) background. We interpret this result as an indication of the existence of constraints (pre-reform) - for good students from less affluent household - on the optimal schooling decision. For the students who would not have enrolled under the old system we also find a small negative impact of the reform on the likelihood to drop-out from university.

Keywords: university reforms, college enrolment, college drop-out

JEL Classification: I23, I28, J24

Suggested Citation

Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio, The 'Bologna Process' and College Enrolment Decisions. IZA Discussion Paper No. 3444. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1294549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Lorenzo Cappellari (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

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University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

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United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
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20123 Milano
Italy
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+39 027 234 2781 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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