Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/144155
Authors: 
Lerche, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research 287
Abstract: 
This paper evaluates the effect of replacing traditional German five-year degrees with three-year bachelor programs on the duration until graduation and dropping out of university. Using an extensive dataset containing detailed administrative data on more than 9000 students, competing risks models are estimated. The results reveal that the Bologna process reduced the duration until graduation in absolute and relative terms, indicating that one of the reform´s main objectives was achieved. In addition, there is a favorable impact of being enrolled in a bachelor program on the probability of dropping out of university for students enrolled at the faculty of humanities. However, the results concerning university drop out are less conclusive for the other faculties.
Subjects: 
tertiary education
Bologna process
bachelor
survival analysis
competing risks
JEL: 
I21
I28
H75
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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