Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90041
Authors: 
Di Pietro, Giorgio
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7675
Abstract: 
Despite the great popularity of international educational mobility schemes, relatively little research has been conducted to explore their benefits. Using data on a large sample of recent Italian graduates, this paper investigates the extent to which participation in study abroad programs during university studies impacts subsequent employment likelihood. To address the problem of endogeneity related to participation in study abroad programs, we use university-department fixed effects and instrumental variable estimation where the instrumental variable is exposure to international student exchange schemes. Our estimates show that studying abroad has a relatively large and statistically meaningful effect on the probability of being in employment 3 years after graduation. This effect is mainly driven by the impact that study abroad programs have on the employment prospects of graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Subjects: 
study abroad programs
graduates
employment
instrumental variable
JEL: 
I2
J6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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