Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/156202
Authors: 
Enzi, Bernhard
Siegler, Benedikt
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
BGPE Discussion Paper 165
Abstract: 
How did the introduction of the Bachelor-degree system affect students in Germany? Combining rich data on university students with administrative data on universities' study programs, we exploit variation in the timing of Bachelor-degree implementation across departments. To account for endogeneity in students' enrollment decisions, we apply an instrumental-variable approach based on the distance differential between an individual's nearest universities with a Bachelor's and a traditional degree program. Overall, we do not find reform effects on students' mobility, dropout, and internship participation, although there is indication that the reform reduced dropout for females and for high-achieving students and increased study satisfaction.
Subjects: 
Bologna Reform
bachelor introduction
student outcomes
instrumental variables
JEL: 
I28
I21
H75
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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