2021

Do Schools Discriminate against Children with Disabilities? A Field Experiment in Sweden

Reprint No. 2021:4

Author(s): Ali Ahmed, Mats Hammarstedt and Karl KarlssonYear: 2021 Title: Education Economics Volume (No.): 29 (1) Pages: 3–16
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Do Schools Discriminate against Children with Disabilities? A Field Experiment in Sweden Ali Ahmed, Mats Hammarstedt and Karl Karlsson


This article presents the results of a field experiment in which fictitious parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) sent inquiries to schools in Sweden about admission of their children to the mandatory preschool class. Results show that inquiries concerning a child with no medical condition were more likely to receive an invitation for a visit and more likely to receive a promising placement response than inquiries concerning a child with ADHD and T1DM. Discrimination was more prominent in the private sector and when the child was a boy or had ADHD.


Reference:
Ahmed, Ali, Mats Hammarstedt and Karl Karlsson (2021), "Do Schools Discriminate against Children with Disabilities? A Field Experiment in Sweden". Education Economics 29(1), 3–16.

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