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How to Cope with Dyslexia: The Effects of Special Education on Academic Performance, Personality Traits, and Well-being

Søren Albeck Nielsen ()
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Søren Albeck Nielsen: Department of Economics and Business Economics, TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Centre for Integrated Register-based Research, CIRRAU, Aarhus University, Postal: Fuglesangs Alle 4, DK-8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University

Abstract: I use Danish administrative data to study the effects of a special education intervention for pupils with severe dyslexia. My empirical approach exploits individual level panel data that allow me to track pupils before and after the initiation of treatment. Using a difference-in-difference strategy in combination with entropy balancing, I find positive and persistent effects of the intervention on pupils' reading scores, personality traits, and school well-being. The intervention reduces the reading gap to non-dyslexics with up 33 percent and the well-being gap with up to 80 percent.

Keywords: Dyslexia; Special education; Assistive technology; Personality traits; Difference-in-difference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 H52 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 50
Date: 2021-11-04
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