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Vive la revolution! Long term returns of 1968 to the angry students

Maurin, Eric and McNally, Sandra (2008) Vive la revolution! Long term returns of 1968 to the angry students. Journal of Labor Economics, 26 (1). 1 - 33. ISSN 0734-306X

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Identification Number: 10.1086/522071


The famous events of May 1968, starting with student riots, threw France into a state of turmoil. As a result, normal examination procedures were abandoned, and the pass rate for various qualifications increased enormously. The lowering of thresholds at critical stages of the education system enabled a proportion of students to pursue more years of higher education than would otherwise have been possible. For those on the margin of passing their examinations, additional years of higher education increased future wages and occupational levels. Interestingly, the effect is also transmitted across generations and is reflected in the educational performance of children.

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Additional Information: © 2008 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2008 10:42
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 22:15

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