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Learning mobility grants and skill (mis)matching in the labour market: the case of the 'Master and Back' programme

Crescenzi, Riccardo ORCID: 0000-0003-0465-9796, Gagliardi, Luisa and Orrù, Enrico (2016) Learning mobility grants and skill (mis)matching in the labour market: the case of the 'Master and Back' programme. Papers in Regional Science, 95 (4). pp. 693-707. ISSN 1056-8190

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Identification Number: 10.1111/pirs.12155


The paper looks at the geographical mobility of graduate students and their skill matching in the labour market. The paper assesses the impact of a learning mobility grant scheme funded by the European Social Fund in Sardinia (ex-Objective 1 region in the Italian Mezzogiorno). The scheme aims to foster regional human capital and increase the employability of local graduates by covering the cost of post-graduate studies in other regions or countries. The econometric analysis is based on a unique dataset that combines administrative data on beneficiaries with information from a dedicated survey. The results suggest that learning mobility grants can reinforce skill matching only if the problem of self-selection of the beneficiaries is properly addressed.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies > J61 - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis > R58 - Regional Development Policy
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 11:38
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:13

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