Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/196834
Authors: 
Marcus, Jan
Reif, Simon
Wuppermann, Amelie
Rouche, Amélie
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers 1802
Abstract: 
While several studies suggest that stress-related mental health problems among school children are related to specific elements of schooling, empirical evidence on this causal relationship is scarce. We examine a German schooling reform that increased weekly instruction time and study its effects on stress-related outpatient diagnoses from the universe of health claims data of the German Social Health Insurance. Exploiting the differential timing in the reform implementation across states, we show that the reform slightly increased stress-related health problems among school children. While increasing instruction time might increase student performance, it might have adverse effects in terms of additional stress.
Subjects: 
stress
mental health
instruction time
G8 reform
JEL: 
I18
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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