Psychosocial Intervention Psychosocial Intervention
Psychosocial Intervention 26 (2017) 171-9 - Vol. 26 No.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2017.06.001
Education-earnings linkage for assessing societal benefits of interventions for children and youth in Sweden
Vínculo educación-ingresos para evaluar los beneficios sociales de las intervenciones para niños y jóvenes en Suecia
Lars Hultkrantz, , Patrik Karpaty, Elin Vimefall
School of Business, Örebro University, Sweden
Received 24 May 2017, Accepted 22 June 2017
Abstract

Some long-term societal benefits of early psychosocial interventions supporting children and youth at various developmental risks can be estimated with school results as a mediatory. In this paper we develop causal education-earnings links for educational achievement thresholds at the end of the nine-year compulsory school (CS) and the three-year upper secondary school (USS) in Sweden. Gross earnings are calculated with age profiles estimated on micro-level register data for the whole population. We also estimate the indirect costs of education (forgone earnings) with this data and find that they can be ignored. For the base case, we calculate the expected net present value of meeting minimum requirements for transition from CS to a national USS-program to €112,000 (SEK 1.1 million) and for graduation from such a program to €163,000 (SEK 1.6 million).

Keywords
  • Child development
  • Cost-benefit
  • Program evaluation
Resumen

Pueden calcularse algunos de los beneficios sociales a largo plazo de las intervenciones psicosociales precoces que respaldan a los niños y jóvenes con ciertos riesgos evolutivos utilizando los resultados escolares como hilo mediador. En este documento desarrollamos vínculos causales educación-ingresos para los umbrales del logro educativo al finalizar la escuela obligatoria (EO) de nueve años de duración y la escuela secundaria superior (ESS) en Suecia. Se calculan los ingresos brutos con los perfiles de edad estimados en un registro de datos a micronivel para la totalidad de la población. También calculamos los costes educativos indirectos (ingresos no percibidos) con estos datos, y encontramos que pueden ser ignorados. Para el caso básico, calculamos el valor actual neto previsto del logro de los requisitos mínimos para la transición de la EO al programa nacional de ESS de 112,000€ (1.1 millones de coronas suecas) y para la graduación en dicho programa de 163,000€ (1.6 millones de coronas suecas).

Keywords
  • Desarrollo infantil
  • Coste-beneficio
  • Evaluación del programa
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This does not include pupils with learning disabilities that are in the Special Compulsory Schools. Around 1.5 percent of the 9th graders belong to this category (ref.). A large part of these pupils continue to the Special Upper Secondary School.

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Psychosocial Intervention 26 (2017) 171-9 - Vol. 26 No.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2017.06.001