School tracking and mental health / Petri Böckerman (University of Jyväskylä, Labour Institute for Economic Research and IZA), Mika Haapanen (University of Jyväskylä), Christopher Jepsen (University College Dublin and IZA), Alexandra Roulet (INSEAD) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserBöckerman, Petri ; Haapanen, Mika ; Jepsen, Christopher ; Roulet, Alexandra
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, October 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12733
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We examine the effects of a comprehensive school reform on mental health. The reform postponed the tracking of students into vocational and academic schools from age 11 to age 16. The reform was implemented gradually across Finnish municipalities between 1972 and 1977. We use difference-in-differences variation and administrative data. Our results show that there is no discernible effect on mental health related hospitalizations on average even though the effect is precisely estimated. Heterogeneity analysis shows that, after the reform, females from highly-educated families were more likely to be hospitalized for depression.