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Passaretta, Giampiero; Trivellato, Paolo; Triventi, Moris – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
The article examines the mid-term occupational outcomes of two cohorts of PhDs graduated in 2004 and 2008 in Italy. This comparison allows the authors to explore changing PhD's occupational prospects after recent academic reforms (e.g. cuts to public funding, introduction of fixed-term positions for assistant professors) and the economic crisis.…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Doctoral Degrees, Foreign Countries, Education Work Relationship
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Cattaneo, Mattia; Malighetti, Paolo; Paleari, Stefano – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
This study analyzes the scientific profiles of doctorate holders who migrate in search of better job opportunities as a response to the increased temporariness and uncertainty of employment in their native country. Analyzing the career trajectories of the population of research-active Italian doctorate holders in economics, finance, and business…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Brain Drain, College Graduates, Doctoral Degrees
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Abramo, Giovanni; D'Angelo, Ciriaco Andrea; Di Costa, Flavia – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
This work investigates the research performance of foreign faculty in the Italian academic system. Incoming professors compose l.1% of total faculty across the sciences, although with variations by discipline. Their scientific performance measured over 2010-2014 is on average better than that of their Italian colleagues: the greatest difference is…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Foreign Nationals, Intellectual Disciplines, Scientific Research
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Donina, Davide; Paleari, Stefano – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2019
Higher education (HE) reforms are usually inspired by New Public Management (NPM) global reform scripts. This article focuses on a pivotal object of NPM-driven reforms--central university governance structures. On the one hand, we present the founding ideas of NPM and sketch how they translate for these structures; on the other hand, two further…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Governance, Case Studies
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Contini, Dalit; Cugnata, Federica; Scagni, Andrea – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
In this paper, we provide a comprehensive picture of social selectivity in higher education in Italy by focusing on enrolment and two alternative indicators of success: retention and timely completion. The existing literature has shown that young individuals of disadvantaged backgrounds have lower enrolment probabilities and higher chances of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Selective Admission, Social Influences
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Capano, Giliberto – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
Governments continuously design and redesign higher education policies, and governmental capacities are the pillars for undertaking these tasks during the formulation stage. This paper considers the assumption that different governmental political and technical capacities shape different spaces for action and thus different types of policy design.…
Descriptors: Governance, Comparative Education, Higher Education, Educational Policy
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Cabras, Cristina; Mondo, Marina – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2018
The transition to university appears to be a complex and delicate time in students' lives, involving a sequence of changes regarding both the personal/affective and social/professional spheres, facilitating students' ability to adapt to a new life context. It represents a challenging time that requires students to use adaptive resources to face…
Descriptors: Coping, Life Satisfaction, Gender Differences, Age Differences
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Blasi, Brigida; Romagnosi, Sandra; Bonaccorsi, Andrea – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
University rankings have raised huge interest in the social sciences because of their methodological foundations and impact. Rankings have also gained popularity in the media system. In this article we analyze the coverage offered by the media to the Italian Research Evaluation exercise--VQR 2004-2010. Even though this evaluation did not have…
Descriptors: Universities, Achievement Rating, Institutional Characteristics, Reputation
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Ghignoni, Emanuela – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
The Italian university system has long been characterised by high non-completion rates, though aggregate data show a slight reduction of dropouts in recent years. The most straightforward theoretical explanation for this lies in the lowering opportunity cost of studying due to the financial and economic crisis. Nonetheless, this interpretation is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Dropouts, Dropout Rate
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Marini, Giulio – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
The new habilitation (ASN), established in Italy in 2010 and launched in 2012, was introduced to filter eligible candidates in the competition of associate and full professorships. Its purpose is to cut off poor candidates on the basis of individual scientific productivity before they might be hired in competitions where patronage may favor them.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Promotion, College Faculty, Status
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Vergolini, Loris; Vlach, Eleonora – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
In this paper, we analyse social inequalities along the horizontal dimension of education in Italy. More precisely, we focus on the role of family background in completing specific fields of study at both secondary and tertiary levels of education. To mitigate the limitations of the traditional sequential model, we construct a typology of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Characteristics, College Graduates, High Schools
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Cattaneo, Mattia; Horta, Hugo; Malighetti, Paolo; Meoli, Michele; Paleari, Stefano – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2017
This study analyses the university choices of male and female students in Italy over the 2003-2012 period and for two sub-periods before (2003-2008) and after (2009-2012) the 2008 financial crisis. The analysis is guided by human capital, signalling and preference theories and implemented through a competing destinations model that controls for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Choice, Economic Factors, Gender Differences
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Pigini, Claudia; Staffolani, Stefano – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
We analyze the effects of costs, geographical accessibility, and quality of higher education institutions on participation and on the composition of enrolled students, in terms of their educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. We develop a theoretical framework for higher education choices of secondary school graduates where differently talented…
Descriptors: Costs, Higher Education, Educational Quality, Social Status
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Ardolino, Piermatteo; Noventa, Stefano; Formicuzzi, Maddalena; Cubico, Serena; Favretto, Giuseppe – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2016
An observational study has been carried out to analyse differences in performance between students of different undergraduate curricula in the same written business administration examination, focusing particularly on possible effects of "integrated" or "multi-modular" examinations, a recently widespread format in Italian…
Descriptors: Business Administration, Undergraduate Study, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Capsada-Munsech, Queralt – Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, 2015
This article explores the influence of social origin on overeducation across various fields of study. With the expansion of higher education most advantaged classes seek qualitative and quantitative advantages to differentiate themselves from other graduates. Although credentials are direct signals of productivity they can also be viewed by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Attainment, Overachievement, Education Work Relationship