Under pressure? The effect of peers on outcomes of young adults

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dc.contributor.author Black, Sandra E.
dc.contributor.author Devereux, Paul J.
dc.contributor.author Salvanes, Kjell G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-10T17:07:40Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-10T17:07:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05
dc.identifier.other 201016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2651
dc.description.abstract A variety of public campaigns, including the “Just Say No” campaign of the 1980s and 1990s that encouraged teenagers to “Just Say No to Drugs”, are based on the premise that teenagers are very susceptible to peer influences. Despite this, very little is known about the effect of school peers on the long-run outcomes of teenagers. This is primarily due to two factors: the absence of information on peers merged with long-run outcomes of individuals and, equally important, the difficulty of separately identifying the role of peers. This paper uses data on the population of Norway and idiosyncratic variation in cohort composition within schools to examine the role of peer composition in 9th grade on longer-run outcomes such as IQ scores at age 18, teenage childbearing, post-compulsory schooling educational track, adult labor market status, and earnings. We find that outcomes are influenced by the proportion of females in the grade, and these effects differ for men and women. Other peer variables (average age, average mother’s education) have little impact on the outcomes of teenagers. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Geary Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP 10 16 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP2010/24
dc.relation.requires Economists Online Collection en
dc.subject.lcsh Peer pressure in adolescence en
dc.subject.lcsh Young adults--Social conditions en
dc.subject.lcsh Young adults--Economic conditions en
dc.title Under pressure? The effect of peers on outcomes of young adults en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/wp10_16.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Black|Sandra E.|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Devereux|Paul J.|aut|UCD0006 en
dc.neeo.contributor Salvanes|Kjell G.|aut| en

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