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The 'Gravity' of Quality: Research Quality and Universities' Attractiveness in Italy

Massimiliano Bratti and Stefano Verzillo

No 11026, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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 2003–2011 are regressed on several universities' research quality indicators computed from different bibliometric databases (ISI-Thompson, Scopus-Elsevier and Google Scholar) using fixed effects-gravity models. Our estimates suggest that improving research quality may be an effective way of reducing 'brain drain' from southern Italy.

Keywords: university; student mobility; research quality; brain drain; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
Date: 2017-09
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