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Enrolment Decision and University Choice;of Italian Secondary School Graduates

Stefano Staffolani () and Claudia Pigini ()

No 380, Working Papers from Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali

Abstract: This paper examines the enrolment decision and the university choice of Italian secondary school graduates. We extend previous analyses by means of a theoretical model where student's choices depend on both universities attributes and individual characteristics. Empirical evidence of theoretical predictions is provided by the estimation of a conditional logit model mainly using the Italian Institute of Statistics (ISTAT) survey of secondary school graduates in 2004. Results show that geographical distance, tuition fees and university quality play a major role in higher education choices. In addition, Italian students seem to self-sort by their own ability across di erent levels of university standards: high ability students tend to seek a higher quality. The sorting process is strongly in uenced by parents characteristics and previous fields of study.

Keywords: Human capital; conditional logit; enrolment decision; university choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 I21 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30
Date: 2012-09
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