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Long-lasting effects of indoctrination in school: evidence from the People's Republic of Poland

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919, García Hombrados, Jorge and Nicińska, Anna (2024) Long-lasting effects of indoctrination in school: evidence from the People's Republic of Poland. European Economic Review, 161. ISSN 0014-2921

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2023.104641

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of communist indoctrination in school on labour force participation and human capital investments. Specifically, we evaluate the impact of a reform in Poland that revoked political indoctrination in school in the mid-1950s, while leaving the rest of the curriculum unchanged. To overcome endogeneity concerns, we exploit cut-off birth dates for school enrolment that exhibit variation in the level of exposure to the reform. We find that a reduction in school indoctrination increased the probability of finishing secondary and tertiary education, and expanded labour force participation about 50 years down the line.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/european-eco...
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
J Political Science
L Education
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education > I28 - Government Policy
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2023 09:45
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2024 21:30
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120407

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