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Do schools discriminate against children with disabilities? A field experiment in Sweden

Ali Ahmed, Mats Hammarstedt () and Karl Karlsson

Education Economics, 2021, vol. 29, issue 1, 3-16

Abstract: This article presents the results of a field experiment in which fictitious parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) sent inquiries to schools in Sweden about admission of their children to the mandatory preschool class. Results show that inquiries concerning a child with no medical condition were more likely to receive an invitation for a visit and more likely to receive a promising placement response than inquiries concerning a child with ADHD and T1DM. Discrimination was more prominent in the private sector and when the child was a boy or had ADHD.

Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2020.1855417

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