Educational reform in Argentina: PEP researchers find no impact on labor outcomes for low-income youth

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The evidence suggests that the increase in the number of years of compulsory education was not enough to induce better employment perspectives for young people living in poverty

In 2008, a team of PEP researchers in Argentina set out to evaluate the impact of an education reform policy (Ley Federal de Educacion, LFE) implemented by the Argentinian government in 1994, on labor perspectives for low-income youth in the country. 
The policy (LFE) aimed primarily at increasing schooling by extending compulsory education of 2 additional years. As it turns out, the evidence yielded by the empirical study shows that those poor young people who were educated under the LFE derive no benefits in terms of better wages or greater integration into the labor market today.
Find out how the researchers explain such failure and their recommendations to improve future policy interventions for education to induce better employment perspectives for low-income youth, through the following publications:
Working Paper 2011-21
Policy Brief 88
Based on the PEP project PIERI-11243: "Assessing the Impact of Argentina's Ley Federal de Educación on Educational and Labor Outcomes"
Research team: Leonardo Gasparini  |  Carlos Germán Bet  |  Carolina Garcia Domench  |  Maria Laura Alzua  |  Mariana Marchionni  |  Mariana Viollaz
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