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Educational Reform and Labor Market Outcomes: the Case of Argentina's Ley Federal de Educacion

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  • Maria Laura Alzua
  • Leonardo Gasparini
  • Francisco Haimovich

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In the nineties Argentina implemented a large education reform (Ley Federal de Educación – LFE) that mainly implied the extension of compulsory education in two additional years. The timing in the implementation substantially varied across provinces, providing a source of identification for unraveling the causal effect of the reform. The estimations from difference-in-difference models suggest that the LFE had an overall positive although mild impact on education and labor outcomes. The impact on the income-deprived youths was small for education outcomes and null for labor outcomes.

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Paper provided by PEP-PIERI in its series Working Papers PIERI with number 2011-21.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:lvl:piercr:2011-21

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Keywords: Education; reform; labor market; wages; employment; Argentina;

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  1. Cruces, Guillermo & Glüzmann, Pablo & López-Calva, Luis-Felipe, 2011. "Economic Crises, Maternal and Infant Mortality, Low Birth Weight and Enrollment Rates: Evidence from Argentina's Downturns," IZA Discussion Papers 6096, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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