Effect of Type 1 Diabetes on School Performance in a Dynamic World: New Analysis Exploring Swedish Register Data

Research output: Working paper


This paper investigates if the effect of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) on school performance has changed over time using national Swedish population register data. The issue is of interest because management and treatment of the disease have improved over the last decades and, furthermore, because of changes in the educational grading system. Despite these changes, data indicate a persistent negative effect of T1DM on compulsory and upper secondary school grades and the results appears similar to earlier findings on cohorts completing school under the previous grading system. Moreover, the results are robust to alternative model specifications and econometric estimation strategies. Whereas access to new treatment technologies and improved diabetes management strategies has reduced the burden of diabetes in daily life, the results from this study indicate that other trends have not implied a reduction, over time, in the impact of T1DM on school performance. This finding indicates that continued efforts are needed to improve the situation in school for children with T1DM to prevent potential long-term socioeconomic consequences.


External organisations
  • Umeå University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economics
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • type 1 diabetes, education, school performance, register data, I00, I10, I21, J24
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund Universtiy
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 24
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers
PublisherDepartment of Economics, Lund University

Related research output

Swedish Childhood Diabetes Study Group & Persson, E., 2019, In : Applied Economics. 51, 24, p. 2606-2622

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sofie Persson, 2017, Lund: Lund University, Faculty of Medicine. 76 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

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