PIERI-11243 Assessing the impact of Argentina's Ley Federal de Educación on educational and labor outcomes
In 1994 the Argentine Congress passed a law aimed at changing some important characteristics of the educational system. Chiefly among them, there was an extension of two years on compulsory education. There is a heated debate between supporters and detractors of the reform regarding the impact on educational achievements and labor performance of youths, without almost any rigorous empirical evidence. The aim of this project is to contribute to this debate shedding light on the effect of the law on some educational and labor outcomes. Our identification strategy exploits the substantial regional variation in the timing of the reform, along with panel data to control for unobserved heterogeneity.