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Søren Albeck Nielsen

How to Cope with Dyslexia: The Effects of Special Education on Academic Performance, Personality Traits, and Well-being

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I use Danish administrative data to study the effects of a special education intervention for pupils with severe dyslexia. My empirical approach exploits individual level panel data that allow me to track pupils before and after the initiation of treatment. Using a difference-in-difference strategy in combination with entropy balancing, I find positive and persistent effects of the intervention on pupils' reading scores, personality traits, and school well-being. The intervention reduces the reading gap to non-dyslexics with up 33 percent and the well-being gap with up to 80 percent.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherDepartment of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University
Number of pages50
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2021
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

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