Does Compressing High School Duration Affect Students’ Stress and Mental Health? Evidence from the National Educational Panel Study

Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Microeconomics  ; Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences (BAGSS)  
Author(s): Quis, Johanna Sophie 
Title of the Journal: Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik : Journal of Economics and Statistics
ISSN: 2366-049X
Publisher Information: Berlin : De Gruyter Oldenbourg
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 238
Issue: 5
Pages: 441-476
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1515/jbnst-2018-0004
Starting in 2004/2005, the German state Baden-Wurttemberg reduced academic track duration from nine to eight years, leaving cumulative instruction time mostly unchanged. I use this change in schooling policy to identify the effect of increased schooling intensity on students’ internalizing mental health problems and perceived stress. Using data on 2306 students from the Additional Study Baden-Wurttemberg of the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS), estimates show strong negative effects on internalizing mental health problems for girls and an increase in stress for both genders.
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 20. September 2018