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Class-Size Effects on Adolescents’ Mental Health and Well-Being in Swedish School

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  • Niklas, Jakobsson

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics)

  • Persson, Mattias

    ()
    (Örebro University)

  • Svensson, Mikael

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics)

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether class size has an effect on the prevalence of mental health problems and well-being among adolescents in Swedish schools. We use cross-sectional data collected in year 2008 covering 2,755 Swedish adolescents in 9th grade from 40 schools and 159 classes. We utilize different econometric approaches to address potential between- and within-school endogeneity including school-fixed effects and regression discontinuity approaches. Our results indicate no robust effects of class size on the prevalence of mental health problems and well-being, and we cannot reject the hypothesis that class size has no effect on mental health and well-being at all.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Karlstad University in its series Karlstad University Working Papers in Economics with number 9.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 22 Mar 2013
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Publication status: Published as Jakobsson, Niklas, Mattias Persson and Mikael Svensson, 'Class-Size Effects on Adolescents’ Mental Health and Well-Being in Swedish School' in Education Economics, 2013, pages 248-263.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:kaunek:0009

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Keywords: mental health; well-being; class size; adolescents; Sweden.;

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