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Drop-out decisions in a cohort of Italian university students

M. Delogu, D. Paolini (), Gianfranco Atzeni () and Deidda Lg ()

Working Paper CRENoS from Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia

Abstract: We study the determinants of student drop-out decisions using data on a cohort of over 230000 students enrolled in the Italian university system. We find that students who leave their homes to enrol at university (off-site students) drop out significantly less than those who study in their home town. We provide significant evidence that off-site students are a self-selected sample of the total population. Accordingly, we use an instrumental variable (IV) approach to identify the causal relationship. The IV estimation finds that studying off-site negatively affects drop-out decisions and more so for students growing up in the south of Italy who typically study off-site in the centre-north of Italy.

Keywords: location choice; Instrumental Variable; Higher Education; DropOut (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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