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Gender and the Influence of Peer Alcohol Consumption on Adolescent Sexual Activity

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  • Waddell, Glen R.

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    (University of Oregon)

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I consider the alcohol consumption of opposite-gender peers as explanatory to adolescent sexual intercourse and demonstrate that female sexual activity is higher where there is higher alcohol consumption among male peers. This relationship is robust to school fixed effects, cannot be explained by broader cohort effects or general anti-social behaviors in male peer groups, and is distinctly different from any influence of the alcohol consumption of female peers which is shown to have no influence on female sexual activity. There is no evidence that male sexual activity responds to female-peer alcohol consumption.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4880.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Publication status: published online in: Economic Inquiry, 2011, 50 (1), 248–263, [Early View]
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4880

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