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No 9:
Class-Size Effects on Adolescentsí Mental Health and Well-Being in Swedish School

Jakobsson Niklas (), Mattias Persson () and Mikael Svensson ()

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.; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: H75; I12; I21; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, March 22, 2013

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Jakobsson, Niklas, Mattias Persson and Mikael Svensson, (2013), 'Class-Size Effects on Adolescentsí Mental Health and Well-Being in Swedish School', Education Economics, Vol. 21, pages 248-263



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