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CEP discussion paper
Disrupted schooling: impacts on achievement from the Chilean school occupations
Piero Montebruno
May 2020
Paper No' CEPDP1696:
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JEL Classification: I21; I26; J24; J52

Tags: chilean winter; instructional time; protests; educational outcomes; school occupations; missing school days; riots; human capital investment

Disrupted schooling can heavily impact the amount of education pupils receive. Starting in early June of 2011 a huge social outburst of pupil protests, walk-outs, riots and school occupations called the Chilean Winter caused more than 8 million of lost school days. Within a matter of days, riots reached the national level with hundreds of thousands of pupils occupying schools, marching on the streets and demanding better education. Exploiting a police report on occupied schools in Santiago, I assess the effect of reduced school attendance in the context of schools occupations on pupils’ cognitive achievement. This paper investigates whether or not there is a causal relationship between the protests and school occupations and the standardised test performance of those pupils whose schools were occupied.