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Class-size effects on adolescents' mental health and well-being in Swedish schools
Norwegian Social Research, Oslo, Norway .
Örebro University.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Economics and Statistics.
2013 (English)In: Education Economics, ISSN 0964-5292, E-ISSN 1469-5782, Vol. 21, no 3, 248-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 2755 Swedish adolescents in ninth 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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2013. Vol. 21, no 3, 248-263 p.
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mental health, well-being, class size, adolescents
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33684DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2013.789826OAI: diva2:747124
Available from: 2014-09-15 Created: 2014-09-15 Last updated: 2014-10-13Bibliographically approved

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