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Time-to-Degree: Students' Abilities, University Characteristics or What Else? Evidence from Italy

Carmen Aina (), Eliana Baici and Giorgia Casalone ()

No 130, Working Papers from SEMEQ Department - Faculty of Economics - University of Eastern Piedmont

Abstract: We use a representative sample of Italian graduates drawn from the Consorzio AlmaLaurea to assess the impact of individuals and family characteristics, university inputs and the labour market on the time taken to attain a degree. Our estimates highlight that all these dimensions drive the outcome analysed. Especially a weakening labour market causes such worsening academic performance. Our results suggest the need for a comprehensive policy intervention to increase the number of students graduating within the minimum period.

Keywords: Tertiary education; time taken to attain degree; labour market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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