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The Effects of Daughters on Health Choices and Risk Behaviour

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  • N Powdthavee
  • S Wu
  • A Oswald

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Little is known about why some human beings make risky life-choices. This paper provides evidence that people's health decisions and addictive actions are influenced by the gender of their children. Having a daughter leads individuals -- in micro data from Great Britain and the United States -- to reduce their smoking, drinking, and drug-taking. The paper's results are consistent with the hypothesis that human beings 'self-medicate' when under stress.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of York in its series Discussion Papers with number 10/03.

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Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:yor:yorken:10/03

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Keywords: Addictive behaviour; gender; daughters; smoking; drinking; attitudes.;

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  1. Christopher Carpenter & Carlos Dobkin, 2007. "The Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Mortality: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the Minimum Drinking Age," NBER Working Papers 13374, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Why do daughters have a more positive impact on parents than sons?
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2010-04-13 14:29:00
  2. Want to be healthy? Have a Daughter
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-03-24 08:07:26
  3. The Effects of Daughters on Health Choices and Risk[y] Behaviour
    by Miguel in Simoleon Sense on 2010-03-25 01:26:14
  4. Girls... don't want you to have fun: daughters & risk taking
    by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-03-24 01:43:00

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