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Vive la Revolution! Long term returns of 1968 to the angry students

  • Eric Maurin
  • Sandra McNally

The famous events of May 1968, starting with student riots, threw France into a state of turmoil. As a result, normal examination procedures were abandoned, and the pass rate for various qualifications increased enormously. The lowering of thresholds at critical stages of the education system enabled a proportion of students to pursue more years of higher education than would otherwise have been possible. For those on the margin of passing their examinations, additional years of higher education increased future wages and occupational levels. Interestingly, the effect is also transmitted across generations and is reflected in the educational performance of children.

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Paper provided by Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE in its series CEE Discussion Papers with number 0049.

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