IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Starting school and ADHD: When is it time to fly the nest?

11 October 2023, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Teacher helping student in class. Image: Kirsten Holst for UCL

Join this event to hear Cheti Nicoletti discuss whether deferring school entry for children born just before the enrolment cutoff date improves their mental well-being.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Greta Morando


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

Cheti will address this question using administrative data on prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in England. The higher ADHD drug prescription rate found for earlier school starters has been attributed to a peer-comparison bias caused by differences in children's relative age for grade.

The event will explore the other underlying mechanisms besides the relative age effect, including two alternative strategies: enhancing ADHD diagnoses for ages 5-8 and class placement based on age.

This event will be particularly useful for academics and policy makers.

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About the Speaker

Professor Cheti Nicoletti

Professor of Economics at University of York

Her most recent work includes a series of papers on gender role attitudes, peers effects, school and parental investments, children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development and wage inequalities for disable and ethnic minorities. Her current research work focused also on gender stereotypes, child health, intergenerational transmission of psychological wellbeing and BMI. She has also contributed to the econometric literature on missing data and survival models, and she has expertise in estimation methods for causal inference. Her current research is partly funded by the ESRC-SDAI project Maternal Depression and Anxiety Disorders and Child Mental Health Outcomes.