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Back to School: The effects of school reopening on parents and children

On 15 April, over a few days, Danish schools partially reopened. Only children up until the 5th grade were allowed to return to school. We present results from a two-wave panel survey collected for parents with children in the 4th to the 7th grade in the week that schools partially reopened (Wave 1, initial N = 1,303) and again two weeks after (Wave 2, initial N = 1,000 reinterviewed). Using a difference-in-difference analysis, we compare parents with children below and above the cut-off. We do not find major differences in how our outcomes of interest develop. Government support decreased slightly more for parents whose children stayed at home, but child well-being, parental stress, economic situation mostly evolved in parallel for the two groups of families. In the context of a high compliance lockdown and in the short run, the gradual reopening did not lead to major differences in parental stress, child well-being, or economic situation, but resulted in some difference in government support. More research is warranted on the longer term effects of school lockdowns and reopenings under different social contexts.


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