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Peer Effects, Unobserved Factors and Risk Behaviours: An Analysis of Alcohol Abuse and Truancy among Adolescents

  • Duarte, Rosa

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    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Escario, José-Julián

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    (University of Zaragoza)

  • Molina, José Alberto

    ()

    (University of Zaragoza)

The objective of this paper is to examine the factors which affect alcohol abuse and truancy among adolescents. We propose a new theoretical specification in which alcohol abuse and truancy appear as derived demands, given that they condition peer group and family acceptance, and we introduce unobserved individual effects that can influence both behaviours. Empirically, our paper develops an analysis where, after controlling for the existence of unobserved individual factors affecting both decisions, we test for peer influences. Our results first show evidence that alcohol abuse and truancy share unobserved factors affecting both decisions, and then confirm the existence of significant peer group influences on these two deviant behaviours.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2589.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Publication status: published as 'Peer Effects, Unobserved Factors and Risk Behaviours in Adolescence' in: Revista de Economía Aplicada, 2011, 29 (55), 125-152
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2589
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