, Volume 109, Issue 3, pp 2093–2117 | Cite as

The north–south divide in the Italian higher education system

  • Giovanni Abramo
  • Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo
  • Francesco Rosati


This work examines whether the macroeconomic divide between northern and southern Italy is also present at the level of higher education. The analysis confirms that the research performance in the sciences of the professors in the south is on average less than that of the professors in the north, and that this gap does not show noticeable variations at the level of gender or academic rank. For the universities, the gap is still greater. The study analyzes some possible determinants of the gap, and provides some policy recommendations for its reduction.


Research evaluation Bibliometrics Universities FSS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Abramo
    • 1
  • Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francesco Rosati
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for Studies of Research Evaluation, Institute for System Analysis and Computer Science (IASI-CNR)National Research Council of ItalyRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Engineering and ManagementUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Management EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkKgs. LyngbyDenmark

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