IZA DP No. 11026: The 'Gravity' of Quality: Research Quality and Universities' Attractiveness in Italy
revised version published as 'The 'gravity' of quality: research quality and the attractiveness of universities in Italy' in: Regional Studies, 2019, published online 07 Feb 2019
This paper investigates whether or not research quality is significantly associated with a university's ability to attract students from other provinces in Italy. First university enrolments of students over the period 2003â€“2011 are regressed on several universities' research quality indicators computed from different bibliometric databases (ISI-Thompson, Scopus-Elsevier and Google Scholar) using fixed effects-gravity models. Our estimates suggest that improving research quality may be an effective way of reducing 'brain drain' from southern Italy.