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Illness-related absence among preschool children: Insights from a health intervention in Swedish preschools
() and Erica Lindahl
Abstract: We evaluate the effect of a preschool health intervention
aimed at reducing infections through improved hygiene practices and
training of the staff. The large-scale design enables us to study
heterogeneous effects with respect to several child and preschool
characteristics that are assumed to be associated with the initial level of
absence, and thereby the potential magnitude of the effect. We find no
reduction, on average, in children’s illness-related absence. This
conclusion holds across different age groups of preschool children, and for
preschools with varying levels of absence before the intervention. However,
we do find some evidence for a decline in illness-related absence among
children enrolled in preschool sections with relatively few children. We
find some empirical support for that the intervention consisted of
components with opposing effects on illness-related absence, which may
explain the zero average effect.
Keywords: preschool; absence due to illness; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J13; J48; (follow links to similar papers)
45 pages, December 13, 2016
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Hall, Caroline and Erica Lindahl, 'Illness-related absence among preschool children: Insights from a health intervention in Swedish preschools', Journal of Health Economics.
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