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The ‘gravity’ of quality: research quality and the attractiveness of universities in Italy

Massimiliano Bratti and Stefano Verzillo

Regional Studies, 2019, vol. 53, issue 10, 1385-1396

Abstract: This paper investigates whether or not research quality is significantly associated with a university’s ability to attract students from other provinces in Italy. First-university enrolments of students over the period 2003–11 are regressed on universities’ research-quality indicators computed from various bibliometric databases using fixed-effects gravity models. The estimates suggest that research performance is a significant predictor of student enrolment, with estimated elasticities between 0.013 and 0.059, depending on the indicator used.

Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1566701

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