Department of Economics and Business Economics

Nina Smith

Gender Differences in the Effects of Behavioral Problems on School Outcomes

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This study analyzes gender differences in the relationships between behavioral problems and school outcomes. The study is based on teacher and parent evaluations using the SDQ questionnaire at the age of 10-12 years of about 6,000 Danish children born in 1990-92. The sample is merged with extensive register information on parental background and student outcomes. We find a large negative association between the externalizing behavioral indicators and school outcomes. However, very little of the gender difference in average Reading and Math test scores can be attributed to gender differences in the prevalence of low-scoring individuals with behavioral problems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationBonn
PublisherIZA. Institute for the Study of Labor / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
Pages1-42
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
SeriesIZA Discussion Paper
Number7410

    Research areas

  • Gender differences, education, behavior

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