Can regional trade agreements negatively impact primary schooling?

Alberto Chong, Carla Srebot

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Using a differences-in-differences approach we study the link between regional trade agreements (RTAs) and completion of primary education in developing countries and find that the causal link is negative and economically significant. Engaging in RTAs between 1980 and 2016 decreases primary education completion rate by approximately 0.757 percentage points. Our findings are robust to the inclusion of both falsification and placebo tests. More importantly, when applying event studies, we find that the equal trends assumption holds. We explain our findings as the likely result of increased opportunity costs in households whose adult members tend to be unskilled and relatively poor, as they have higher incentives of having their children work either outside or inside their households.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)317-339
Número de páginas23
PublicaciónOpen Economies Review
Fecha en línea anticipada29 jul. 2022
EstadoPublicada - abr. 2023

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Funding Information:
We are very grateful to Michele Baggio, Angelo Cozzubo, Virgilio Galdo, Anna Serrichio, Yulia Valdivia, Daniel Velásquez, Luisa Zanforlin, two anonymous referees and the editor, George S. Tavlas, for very helpful comments and suggestions. The standard disclaimer applies.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


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