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The schooling and labor market effects of eliminating university tuition in Ecuador

Teresa Molina and Ivan Rivadeneyra

Journal of Public Economics, 2021, vol. 196, issue C

Abstract: This paper estimates the effects of a 2008 policy that eliminated tuition fees at public universities in Ecuador. We use a difference-in-differences strategy that exploits variation across cohorts differentially exposed to the policy, as well as geographic variation in access to public universities. We find that the tuition fee elimination significantly increased college participation and shifted people into higher-skilled jobs. We detect no statistically significant effects on income, though standard errors are large. Overall, the bulk of the benefits of this fee elimination were enjoyed by those of higher socioeconomic status.

Keywords: Higher education; Tuition reduction; Ecuador (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 I24 I28 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2021.104383

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