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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

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.

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
Date: 2013-03-22
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-edu, nep-hea, nep-ltv and nep-ure
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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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