Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behavior of Young People
Deborah A. Cobb-Clark
University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)
Australian National University - SPEAR
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4095
We analyze the effect of growing up on welfare on young people's involvement in a variety of social and health risks. Young people in welfare families are much more likely to take both social and health risks. Much of the apparent link between family welfare history and risk taking disappears, however, once we account for family structure and mothers' decisions regarding their own risk taking and investment in their children. Interestingly, we find no significant effect of socio-economic status per se. Overall, we find no evidence that growing up on welfare causes young people to engage in risky behavior.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: youths, welfare, risky behavior, socio-economic disadvantage
JEL Classification: J13, I38, J18working papers series
Date posted: April 7, 2009
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