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

PEP Working Paper No. 2011-21

23 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2011 Last revised: 16 Jul 2018

See all articles by Maria Laura Alzua

Maria Laura Alzua

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS)

Leonardo Gasparini

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos

Francisco Haimovich

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS)

Date Written: December 20, 2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords: education, reform, labor market, wages, employment, Argentina

JEL Classification: I2, I3

Suggested Citation

Alzua, Maria Laura and Gasparini, Leonardo and Haimovich, Francisco, Educational Reform and Labor Market Outcomes: The Case of Argentina's Ley Federal de Educacion (December 20, 2011). PEP Working Paper No. 2011-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1975102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1975102

Maria Laura Alzua

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) ( email )

Calle 6 e/47 y 48
La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires 1900
Argentina

Leonardo Gasparini (Contact Author)

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos ( email )

Calle 6 entre 47 y 48, 5to. piso
oficina 516
La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires 1900
Argentina

Francisco Haimovich

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) ( email )

Calle 6 e/47 y 48
La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires 1900
Argentina

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