Quality & Quantity

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 1013–1022 | Cite as

A micro approach to cognitive skills’ growth in a university context

  • Anna Simonetto
  • Emma Zavarrone


This paper focuses on the measurement of human capital, specifically on the growth of cognitive skills (CS) during the higher education at university. CS have already been evaluated in a macroeconomic perspective inside the neoclassical growth models, but not still in a micro perspective. However the measure of educational quality and learning process is still an issue not fully addressed. The micro approach allows the researcher to focus on the evaluation of CS acquisition process. Based on these measurements, different types of CS accumulation can be identified. We will investigate CS through nonlinear latent growth modeling, and we will apply this methodology to administrative data of an Italian university.


Cognitive skills Latent growth model Gompertz curve Exponential curve  


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Communication, Behaviour and Consumption “Giampaolo Fabris”IULM UniversityMilanItaly

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