Class-Size Effects on Adolescents’ Mental Health and Well-Being in Swedish School
Niklas Jakobsson (),
Mattias Persson and
Mikael Svensson ()
No 9, Karlstad University Working Papers in Economics from Karlstad University, Department of Economics
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.
Keywords: mental health; well-being; class size; adolescents; Sweden. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H75 I12 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
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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.
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