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Wastin’ Away In Margaritaville? New Evidence On The Academic Effects Of Teenage Binge Drinking

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Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study examines the relationship between teenage binge drinking and three measures of academic performance: grade point average, out‐of‐school suspensions, and unexcused absences from school. While ordinary least square estimates show that binge drinking is associated with diminished academic performance, individual fixed‐effects estimates suggest that much of this relationship can be explained by unmeasured heterogeneity. After controlling for individual fixed effects and for changes in drug use, psychological well‐being, and time preference, binge drinking has a much smaller and often statistically insignificant effect on school performance. (JEL I10, I21, I18)

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  • Joseph J. Sabia, 2010. "Wastin’ Away In Margaritaville? New Evidence On The Academic Effects Of Teenage Binge Drinking," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 28(1), pages 1-22, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:28:y:2010:i:1:p:1-22
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.2008.00120.x
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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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