Working Papers, Department of Economics, Lund University
Effect of Type 1 Diabetes on School Performance in a Dynamic World: New Analysis Exploring Swedish Register Data
(), Sofie Persson
(), Ulf-G. Gerdtham
() and Katarina Steen Carlsson
Abstract: This paper investigates if the effect of type 1 diabetes
mellitus (T1DM) on school performance has changed over time using national
Swedish population register data. The issue is of interest because
management and treatment of the disease have improved over the last decades
and, furthermore, because of changes in the educational grading system.
Despite these changes, data indicate a persistent negative effect of T1DM
on compulsory and upper secondary school grades and the results appears
similar to earlier findings on cohorts completing school under the previous
grading system. Moreover, the results are robust to alternative model
specifications and econometric estimation strategies. Whereas access to new
treatment technologies and improved diabetes management strategies has
reduced the burden of diabetes in daily life, the results from this study
indicate that other trends have not implied a reduction, over time, in the
impact of T1DM on school performance. This finding indicates that continued
efforts are needed to improve the situation in school for children with
T1DM to prevent potential long-term socioeconomic consequences.
Keywords: type 1 diabetes; education; school performance; register data; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I00; I10; I21; J24; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, October 24, 2016
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