Higher Education

, Volume 60, Issue 2, pp 127–138

University drop-out: an Italian experience

Authors

  • Filippo Belloc
    • Dipartimento di Economia PoliticaUniversità degli Studi di Siena
    • Dipartimento di Istituzioni Pubbliche, Economia e SocietàUniversità di Roma Tre
  • Lea Petrella
    • Dipartimento di Studi Geoeconomici, Linguistici, Statistici, Storici per l’Analisi RegionaleUniversità di Roma La Sapienza
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10734-009-9290-1

Cite this article as:
Belloc, F., Maruotti, A. & Petrella, L. High Educ (2010) 60: 127. doi:10.1007/s10734-009-9290-1

Abstract

University students’ drop-out is a crucial issue for the universities’ efficiency evaluation and funding. In this paper, we analyze the drop-out rate of the Economics and Business faculty of Sapienza University of Rome. We use administrative data on 9,725 undergraduates students enrolled in three-years bachelor programs from 2001 to 2007 and perform a Generalized Linear Mixed Model. Our aim is to improve the general understanding of the students’ withdrawing focusing on personal characteristics of students rather than on institutional aspects of the university. The empirical analysis unveils the statistically significant effect of students’ characteristics, like citizenship and income, while the main findings relate a high drop-out probability to a high secondary school final mark and a low individual students’ performance.

Keywords

University drop-out Italian higher education system Generalized linear mixed model

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