The Direct and Spillover Effects of a Nationwide Mental Health Program for Disruptive Students

55 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2019 Last revised: 10 Mar 2019

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Clément de Chaisemartin

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics

Nicolás Navarrete

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Date Written: January 15, 2019

Abstract

A large literature finds that cognitive behavioral therapy programs for disruptive students can reduce their disruptiveness and improve their academic outcomes. However, the literature has mostly considered small-scale programs, and has not studied spillover effects on ineligible students. We use a randomized controlled trial to estimate the effects of one such program, implemented as a nationwide policy in Chile. The program has no effect on eligible students' disruptiveness and academic outcomes. It worsens the studying conditions in treated classes, and it may increase the disruptiveness of ineligible students. More research is needed to determine how to successfully scale-up such programs.

Keywords: disruptive students, spillover effects, peer effects, cognitive behavioral therapy

JEL Classification: I21, I24, I28, D62

Suggested Citation

de Chaisemartin, Clément and Navarrete, Nicolás, The Direct and Spillover Effects of a Nationwide Mental Health Program for Disruptive Students (January 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3316325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3316325

Clément De Chaisemartin

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics ( email )

2127 North Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Nicolás Navarrete (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

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