Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20283
Authors: 
Cappellari, Lorenzo
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1048
Abstract: 
Using microdata on the 1995 cohort of Italian high school graduates, this paper studies the relationship between the type of high school attended (general versus technical; private versus public) and indicators of subsequent performance. Simultaneity issues that potentially bias this type of exercise are tackled by instrumental variables. Results indicate that the type of high school attended greatly depends upon the family of origin and prior school performance. General high schools are found to increase the probability of transition to university and to improve performance once at university. On the other hand, private high schools appear to be associated with lower academic performance. Technical schools improve the quality of the school-to-work transition, both in terms of participation and employment probabilities.
Subjects: 
high school types
academic and economic performance
endogeneity
JEL: 
C35
J24
I21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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