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Shortening university career fades the signal away. Evidence from Italy

Carolina Castagnetti, Silvia Dal Bianco () and Luisa Rosti ()
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Silvia Dal Bianco: Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia
Luisa Rosti: Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia

No 146, Quaderni di Dipartimento from University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods

Abstract: Italian university system was reformed in 2001. This paper tests the screening role of degree scores for 2004-Italian graduates. We find support of the strong screening hypothesis for prereform type degrees, while we do not find any evidence of signalling effects for post-reform 3-years degrees. We gauge that the shutting down of the signal can be partially ascribed to the poor quality of students who obtained a 3-years degree without taking any further education.

Keywords: Screening; Italy; Higher Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J08 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 9 pages
Date: 2011-05
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