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University and labour market outcomes - What matters? The case of Italy?

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

Labour market performance of graduates is an important aspect in the evaluation of institutions for higher education. In this report we investigate the determinants of the labor market performances for tertiary students in Italy. More specifically, the impact of the university on wage level and employment probability is studied, after controlling for relevant characteristics of student inflow and aspects of the labor market context. It is shown that it is crucial to take into account these aspects to make an accurate evaluation of the university impact on the labor market performance of their graduates. The main determinant of the labor market position of the university graduate turn out to be characteristics that are related to the individual student, both for the employment status as the wage level. In general the university attended might have some impact but it is fairly limited. Raw ranking of educational institutions (the so-called league tables) is shown to be a dangerous exercise. Uncontextualized, unadjusted rankings disregard crucial factors that institutions cannot be held accountable for. This is a well-established fact within school-effectiveness research, but this kind of league tables are still widely spread when it concerns the performance of higher education institutions.

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Authors: VAN NIJLEN D, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);D'HOMBRES B, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23081 EN (2008), 48 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23081 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23081-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08177-4
Record Number: 200910074 / Last updated on: 2008-11-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en