Journal Article

Measuring Peer Effects on Youth Smoking Behaviour

Ryo Nakajima

in The Review of Economic Studies

Published on behalf of Review of Economic Studies Ltd

Volume 74, issue 3, pages 897-935
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0034-6527
Published online July 2007 | e-ISSN: 1467-937X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-937X.2007.00448.x
Measuring Peer Effects on Youth Smoking Behaviour

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This paper examines the role of peer effects in teenagers' smoking behaviour in the U.S.A. I present a random utility model that incorporates complementarity between individual and peer smoking. A Markov process model of smoking interactions between individuals is presented. I estimate the structural parameters of the model using a steady-state distribution that is determined by the Markov process. The empirical results strongly support the presence of positive peer effects. Interestingly, peer interactions are found to be stronger within the same gender than across genders. The same result is found for race. Moreover, a multiplier effect is found.

Keywords: I12; J13

Journal Article.  18942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Demographic Economics ; Economics of Health

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