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Geography of Italian student mobility: A network analysis approach

Silvia Columbu, Mariano Porcu, Ilaria Primerano, Isabella Sulis and Maria Prosperina Vitale

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2021, vol. 73, issue C

Abstract: Understanding the phenomenon of intra- and international student mobility has become increasingly relevant to the organization of tertiary education systems. Using microdata information provided by the Italian National Student Archive on the cohorts of students enrolled at university in the academic years 2011–12 and 2014–15, we consider a network analysis approach to investigate the incoming and outgoing student flows between territories and universities. More specifically, the paper aims to shed light on the dynamics of Italian student mobility networks at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels by considering attractiveness indicators combined with network centrality measures, clustering techniques for network data and explanatory models. We analyze the partition of the global network structure by means of blockmodeling analysis and we explain the determinants of the differences among universities in attracting students adopting a quantile regression analysis.

Keywords: Student mobility; Attractiveness; Network centrality; Blockmodeling; Quantile regression. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2020.100918

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