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Peer Gender Composition and Mental Health: Evidence from Administrative Data

Getik, Demid LU (2020) In Working Papers
Abstract (Swedish)
Adolescent mental health is key for later well-being. Yet, causal evidence on environmental drivers of adolescent mental health is scant. I study how an important classroom feature - gender composition in compulsory-school - affects mental health. I exploit Swedish register data (N = 576,285) to link variation in gender composition across classrooms within cohorts to mental health diagnoses. The results indicate that a higher share of female peers in one's class reduces mental health, particularly among boys. The effects persist after students' transition to a different high-school class. Peer composition can thus be an important and persistent driver of early mental health.
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Gender, Peer effects, Mental health, I19, I21, J16
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Working Papers
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2020:13
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43 pages
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English
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  author       = {Getik, Demid},
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  year         = {2020},
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