Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behavior of Young People

41 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2009

See all articles by Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

Deborah A. Cobb-Clark

School of Economics, University of Sydney; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Chris Ryan

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS)

Anastasia Sartbayeva

Australian National University - SPEAR

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Date Written: March 25, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: youths, welfare, risky behavior, socio-economic disadvantage

JEL Classification: J13, I38, J18

Suggested Citation

Cobb-Clark, Deborah A. and Ryan, Chris and Sartbayeva, Anastasia, Taking Chances: The Effect of Growing Up on Welfare on the Risky Behavior of Young People (March 25, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1368565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1368565

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Anastasia Sartbayeva

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Australia
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