ERIC Number: EJ778815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
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Equality of Opportunity in Italian University Education: Is There Any Role for Social Welfare Spending?
Di Pietro, G.
International Journal of Educational Development, v23 n1 p5-15 Jan 2003
This paper studies the relationship between net social welfare spending and university enrolment rates among low-income students over the 1983-1996 period in Italy. Students enrolled at universities located in the south of Italy are used here as a proxy for low-income students. A first quantitative examination shows that enrolment among southern students is strongly correlated to net social welfare spending. This would suggest that the combination of increased tuition and fees and cutbacks in social welfare expenditure could undermine the access to university education among low-income students.
Descriptors: Low Income, Foreign Countries, Welfare Services, Enrollment, Higher Education, Statistical Analysis, Geographic Location, Correlation, Access to Education, Educational Finance, Federal Aid, Tuition
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Italy