In this paper we use a representative sample drawn from the `Indagine Statistica sull' Inserimento Professionale dei Laureati' by the Italian National Statistical Institute and data by the Italian Ministry of Education to look at the wage returns from attendance to a regional university (i.e. not located in a metropolitan area) three years after graduation. Our results show that, after accounting for observed characteristics of individuals and colleges, a wage premium is associated to graduating in a regional university. This finding may be interpreted as regional universities enhancing the local human capital stock or creating specific skills needed by the local economic environment.
Moriconi, S., Ghinetti, P. C., The wage return to graduate in Italian small-town universities, <<SR SCIENZE REGIONALI>>, N/A; N/A (N/A): N/A-N/A [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/37036]