What Happens the Morning After? Post-Baccalaureate Health, Family, and Educational Outcomes of Fraternity and Sorority Members

34 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016  

P. Wesley Routon

Georgia Gwinnett College

Jay K. Walker

Old Dominion University - Economics

Date Written: February 29, 2016

Abstract

Collegiate social Greek letter organizations, known as fraternities and sororities, are longstanding and prevalent fixtures on college and university campuses in the United States. Prior research has shown that membership alters academic performance, health-related behaviors, and social interactions during college. Here, we examine if membership also corresponds to similar post-baccalaureate outcomes. Among our primary findings, membership is shown to have no effect on the probability of post-college alcohol consumption, but increases the probability male drinkers consume what they consider “too much” when they do drink. For both genders, membership is also found to increase the probabilities of marrying a college graduate and obtaining a graduate degree.

Keywords: Fraternity, sorority, Greek membership, alcohol abuse, spousal education, degree completion

JEL Classification: I29, I12, J12

Suggested Citation

Routon, P. Wesley and Walker, Jay K., What Happens the Morning After? Post-Baccalaureate Health, Family, and Educational Outcomes of Fraternity and Sorority Members (February 29, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739673 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2739673

P. Wesley Routon

Georgia Gwinnett College ( email )

1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
United States

Jay K. Walker (Contact Author)

Old Dominion University - Economics ( email )

Norfolk, VA 23529
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.jaykwalker.com

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