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Peer effects in risky choices among adolescents

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  • Konstanting Lucks

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Melanie Lührmann

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • Joachim K. Winter

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Abstract

We study the effects of peers on risky decision making among adolescents in the age range of 13 to 15 years. In a field experiment, we randomly allocated school classes to two social interaction treatments. Students were allowed to discuss their choices with a natural peer – either a friend or a randomly selected classmate – before individually making choices in an incentivised lottery task. In the control group, adolescents made choices without being able to discuss them with a peer. In addition, we collected information on existing peer networks. This novel design allows us to separate two channels of peer influence, assortative matching on preferences and the effect of social interaction on choices. We find that friends and classmates are matched on socio-demographic characteristics but not on risk preferences. In contrast, social interaction strongly increases the similarity of teenagers’ risky choices. A large fraction of peers align their choices perfectly.

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  • Konstanting Lucks & Melanie Lührmann & Joachim K. Winter, 2017. "Peer effects in risky choices among adolescents," IFS Working Papers W17/16, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:17/16
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