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Marina Töpfer
''Honours as a signal - evidence from a quasi-natural experiment in Italy''
( 2019, Vol. 39 No.1 )
This note compares the wage premium of honours degrees in two different Italian university systems (old and new) in 2011 using data from the Italian National Institute of Statistics. The wage premium of a honours degree in the new system disappears due to honours inflation and hence the signal of potential higher productivity stopped working. In contrast, for graduates under the old system, the signal statistically significantly affects wages.
Keywords: Signalling Model; Higher Education; Italy
JEL: J1 - Demographic Economics: General
I2 - Education: General
Manuscript Received : Dec 16 2018 Manuscript Accepted : Jan 09 2019

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