Risky behavior among youths : an economic analysis /
edited by Jonathan Gruber.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.
xi, 538 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0226310132 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.
0226310132 (cloth : alk. paper)
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"The papers in this volume were presented at a conference at the South Seas Plantation in December 1999"--P. xi.
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Main Description
Every day young people engage in risky behaviors that affect not only their immediate well-being but their long-term health and safety. These well-honed essays apply diverse economic analyses to a wide range of unsafe activities, including teen drinking and driving, smoking, drug use, unprotected sex, and criminal activity. Economic principles are further applied to mental health and performance issues such as teenage depression, suicide, nutritional disorders, and high school dropout rates. Together, the essays yield notable findings: price and regulatory incentives are critical determinants of high-risk behavior, suggesting that youths do apply some sort of cost/benefit calculation when making decisions; the macroeconomic environment in which those decisions are made matters greatly; and youths who pursue high-risk behaviors are significantly more likely to engage in similar behaviors as adults. This important volume provides both a key data source for public policy makers and a clear affirmation of the usefulness of economic analysis to our understanding of risky behavior.
Table of Contents
Risky Behavior among Youths: Some Issues from Behavioral Economics
Youth Smoking in the United States: Evidence and Implications
Teens and Traffic Safety
The Sexual Activity and Birth-Control Use of American Teenagers
Explaining the Rise in Youth Suicide
Marijuana and Youth
The Determinants of Juvenile Crime
Environment and Persistence in Youthful Drinking Patterns
Dropout and Enrollment Trends in the Postwar Period: What Went Wrong in the 1970s?
Youths at Nutrition Risk: Malnourished or Misnourished?
Author Index
Subject Index
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