Does the Expansion of Higher Education Increase Equality of Educational Opportunities? Evidence from Italy

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 23.10.2007, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Massimiliano Bratti (University of Milan)


This paper studies the effect of the expansion of higher education (HE) supply on increasing the equality of tertiary education opportunities. It focuses on Italy’s experience during the Nineties, when some policy changes prompted HE institutions to offer a wider range of degrees and open new sites in neighbouring provinces. The results suggest that the supply expansion has only limited effects on reducing existing inequality in HE, since the greater availability of courses has positive impact only on the probability of university enrolment but not on holding a university degree.

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