Peer Effects, Unobserved Factors and Risk Behaviours: An Analysis of Alcohol Abuse and Truancy Among Adolescents

33 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2007

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Rosa Duarte

University of Zaragoza

José-Julián Escario

University of Zaragoza

Jose Alberto Molina

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to examine the factors which affect alcohol abuse and truancy among adolescents. We propose a new theoretical specification in which alcohol abuse and truancy appear as derived demands, given that they condition peer group and family acceptance, and we introduce unobserved individual effects that can influence both behaviours. Empirically, our paper develops an analysis where, after controlling for the existence of unobserved individual factors affecting both decisions, we test for peer influences. Our results first show evidence that alcohol abuse and truancy share unobserved factors affecting both decisions, and then confirm the existence of significant peer group influences on these two deviant behaviours.

Keywords: peer, unobserved factors, risk behaviours, alcohol, truancy, bivariate probit

JEL Classification: I10, I12, I20, I21

Suggested Citation

Duarte, Rosa and Escario, José-Julián and Molina Chueca, Jose Alberto, Peer Effects, Unobserved Factors and Risk Behaviours: An Analysis of Alcohol Abuse and Truancy Among Adolescents (January 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2589, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=964975

Rosa Duarte

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

José-Julián Escario

University of Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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Jose Alberto Molina Chueca (Contact Author)

University of Zaragoza - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

50005 Zaragoza
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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