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Title:Taking chances: the effect of growing up on welfare on the risky behavior of young people PDF Logo
Authors:Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Ryan, Chris
Sartbayeva, Anastasia
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4095
Abstract:We analyze the effect of growing up on welfare on young people's involvement in a variety of social and health risks. Young people in welfare families are much more likely to take both social and health risks. Much of the apparent link between family welfare history and risk taking disappears, however, once we account for family structure and mothers' decisions regarding their own risk taking and investment in their children. Interestingly, we find no significant effect of socio-economic status per se. Overall, we find no evidence that growing up on welfare causes young people to engage in risky behavior.
Subjects:Youths
welfare
risky behavior
socio-economic disadvantage
JEL:J13
I38
J18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2009040384
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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