Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors

Mendolia, Silvia and Paloyo, Alfredo R. and Walker, Ian (2019) Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 19 (3): 20180311. ISSN 1935-1682

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We investigate the relationship between self-reported importance of religion and risky behaviors in adolescence using data from a large and detailed longitudinal study of English teenagers. We use school and individual fixed effects, and treatment effects with inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment, controlling for a rich set of characteristics, including individual personality traits. Our results show that individuals with low religiosity are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors.

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B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
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?? health behaviourspanel datareligiosityeconomics and econometricseconomics, econometrics and finance (miscellaneous) ??
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25 Jun 2019 10:20
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