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Siegler, Benedikt; Enzi, Bernhard (2016): The Impact of the Bologna Reform on Student Outcomes. Discussion Papers in Economics 2016-12
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How did the introduction of the Bachelor-degree system affect students in Ger- many? 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 stu- dents' 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 ef- fects on students' mobility, drop out, and internship participation, although there is indication that the reform reduced drop out for females and for high-achieving students and increased study satisfaction.