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The Cost of Institutional Tinkering: Evidence From the Portuguese Language Reform.

Thursday 27 February 2020, 1.00PM to 2.00 pm

Speaker(s): Victor Gulde Codeceira

Abstract: This article investigates the short-term impact of the Portuguese Language Orthographic Reform on students in Brazil and Portugal. The Portuguese Language reform was an international agreement that unified orthography for the Portuguese Language.  To measure the impact of the reform we adopt a difference in difference framework using several waves of Pisa (Program for International Student Assessment) data. The results obtained suggest that the reform had a detrimental impact on Portuguese students’ score, which were more affected by the reform. We also show that the reform had a greater impact on students from state schools. 

Location: Staff Room - A/EC202

Admission: Staff and PhD