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Risky Behavior among Youths

Edited by Jonathan Gruber

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780226310138
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309972 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309972.001.0001
Risky Behavior among Youths

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Every day young people engage in risky behaviors that affect not only their immediate well-being but their long-term health and safety. These chapters 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 chapters 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 volume provides both a data source for public policy makers and a clear affirmation of the usefulness of economic analysis to our understanding of risky behavior.

Keywords: youths; risky behaviors; well-being; health and safety; suicide; drinking; driving; smoking; drug use; unprotected sex

Book.  550 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economics

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Introduction in Risky Behavior among Youths

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Teens and Traffic Safety in Risky Behavior among Youths

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Marijuana and Youth in Risky Behavior among Youths

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