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09 de julio 2015
Early Exposure to Hazardous Waste and Academic Achievement: Evidence from a Case of Environmental Negligence

Abstract: This paper estimates the effect of early exposure to toxic waste on academic achievement. We analyze longitudinal information from individuals attending primary and secondary schools in Arica (northern Chile). Between 1984 and 1989, the city received more than 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals containing high concentrations of lead, arsenic, and mercury. We implement difference-in-differences […]

05 de abril 2015
The Impact of Information on Academic Achievement and School Choice: Evidence from Chilean ‘Traffic Lights’

This paper examines the effectiveness of an information program developed by the Chilean department of education in 2010 whereby each household received a coded map ranking every education establishmentin its relevant geographical area. Exploiting the discontinuity in school categorization and the panel nature of the data, I find that the policy had positive and significant effects […]