Jonathan Gruber

in Risky Behavior among Youths

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780226310138
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309972 | DOI:

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This book presents an analysis of young people's risky behavior from an economics perspective. It incorporates studies from nine teams of leading empirical economists on a variety of behaviors: smoking, driving, sex and pregnancy, suicide, marijuana use, crime, drinking, dropping out of school, and misnutrition. The first chapter provides a theoretical overview of a set of issues from behavioral economics that are relevant for thinking about the modeling of risky behavior among youths. This introductory chapter provides some theoretical structure for thinking about these issues, drawing on mainstream economic analysis, developmental psychology, and new developments in behavioral economics. It also discusses the existing evidence from developmental psychology for the differences (or the lack thereof) between the behaviors of youths and those of adults. Finally, it looks at the lessons for both policy and future research to be learned from these analyses.

Keywords: youths; risky behavior; behavioral economics; developmental psychology; adults; smoking; misnutrition; crime; suicide; pregnancy

Chapter.  9190 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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