Nº 179 (February, 2015). Cecilia Velázquez.
“El impacto de la Ley Federal de Educación Argentina sobre la fecundidad adolescente”.
This paper provides empirical evidence on the impact of increasing compulsory schooling on teenage fertility in Argentina. In 1993 the government implemented an education reform (Ley Federal de Educación) that among several features increased the years of compulsory schooling from 7 to 10 years. The timing in the implementation substantially varied across provinces, providing a source of identification for unraveling the causal effect on teenage fertility. Results suggest a reduction in teenage fertility rate, stronger for the group of teenagers aged 15 to 19.
JEL Code: I28, J13