Students mobility: assessing the determinants of attractiveness across competing territorial area

Francesca Giambona, Francesca Giambona, Isabella Sulis, Mariano Porcu

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A central question for education authorities has become ‘‘which factors make aterritory attractive for tertiary students?’’ Tertiary education is recognised as one of themost important assets for the development of a territory, thus students’ mobility becomes abrain drain issue whenever there are prevalent areas that attract students from other territories.In this paper, we try to identify the most important factors that could affect studentmobility in Italy. In doing that we analyse students’ flows across competing territorial areaswhich supply tertiary education programs. We will consider a wide range of determinantsrelated to the socio-economic characteristics of the areas as well as resources of theuniversities in the territories in terms of variety and quantity of the degree programs thereavailable, financial endowments provided by Central Government, and services availableto students. The Bradley–Terry modelling approach based on pair comparisons has beenadopted to define the attractiveness of competing territories and assess how much thedetected divergences can be attributed to factors directly related to the considered characteristicsof the universities in the territory and how much is ascribable to inherentcharacteristics of the areas where the universities are located such as the labour marketconditions. Furthermore, the adopted approach allows us to consider uncertainty indefining territorial attractiveness and making comparisons. In this way, we would like toprovide some evidences to assess if the rules currently used by the Central Government tofinance public universities on the basis of their capabilities to attract students really rewardthe efforts made by the university system in the area to improve their standard of quality or,on the contrary, reward the territorial features.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine28
RivistaSocial Indicators Research
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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