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New paper in the Journal for Labour Market Research: The labour market effects of the polish educational reform of 1999

Luca Flóra Drucker, Dániel Horn & Maciej Jakubowski

The labour market effects of the polish educational reform of 1999

Luca Flóra Drucker, Dániel Horn & Maciej Jakubowski

Abstract

We estimate the effect of the 1999 education reform in Poland on employment and earnings. The 1999 education reform in Poland replaced the previous 8 years of general and 3/4/5 years of tracked secondary education with 9 years of general and 3/3/4 years of tracked upper-secondary education. The reform also introduced new curricula, national examinations, teacher standards, and a transparent financing scheme. Our identification strategy relies on a difference-in-differences approach using a quasi-panel of pooled year-of-survey and age-of-respondent observations from the Polish sample of the EU-SILC database. The results indicate that the reform has increased employment probability (by around 3 percentage points) and earnings (by around 4%).

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