I Did What Last Night?!!! Adolescent Risky Sexual Behaviors and Substance Use

34 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2002

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Michael Grossman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), NY Office; CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Sara Markowitz

Emory University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: October 2002

Abstract

This purpose of this paper is to examine the causal impact of substance use on risky sexual behaviors by teenagers. Risky sexual behaviors, which include unprotected sex and multiple partners, are highly correlated with alcohol and illicit drug use, although the nature of the causal relationship is in question. This study uses two-stage least squares and reduced form models to examine the relationship between substance use and sexual behaviors by gender. Data come from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. Result show that alcohol use does not increase the likelihood of having sex or of having multiple partners, although alcohol use does lower the probability of using birth control and condoms among sexually active teens.

Suggested Citation

Grossman, Michael and Markowitz, Sara, I Did What Last Night?!!! Adolescent Risky Sexual Behaviors and Substance Use (October 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w9244. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=336360

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