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The Origins of HappinessThe Science of Well-Being over the Life Course$
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Andrew Clark, Sarah Fléche, Richard Layard, Nattavudh Powdthavee, and George Ward

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196336

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196336.001.0001

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(p.187) 14 Schooling
The Origins of Happiness

Andrew E. Clark

Sarah Flèche

Richard Layard

Nattavudh Powdthavee

George Ward

Princeton University Press

This chapter investigates the impact of the different schools and teachers in the Avon area on the outcomes of the children they taught. It begins by investigating the role of the whole school in considering what difference it makes which school a child goes to. Here, primary and secondary schools have major effects on the emotional well-being of their children. The variation across schools in this regard is as large as the variation in their impact on academic performance. There is also a huge variation in the impact of individual primary school teachers on the emotional well-being and academic performance of their children. These effects of primary schools and teachers persist throughout the following five years and longer.

Keywords:   schools, schooling, primary school, secondary school, academic performance, teachers, happiness

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