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Risky Behavior among Youths: An Economic Analysis

Jonathan Gruber


Every day young people engage in risky behaviors that affect not only their immediate well-being but their long-term health and safety. These chapters apply diverse economic analyses to a wide range of unsafe activities, including teen drinking and driving, smoking, drug use, unprotected sex, and criminal activity. Economic principles are further applied to mental health and performance issues such as teenage depression, suicide, nutritional disorders, and high school dropout rates. Together, the chapters yield notable findings: price and regulatory incentives are critical determinants of high ... More

Keywords: youths, risky behaviors, well-being, health and safety, suicide, drinking, driving, smoking, drug use, unprotected sex

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226310138
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309972.001.0001


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Jonathan Gruber, editor

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