Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125096
Authors: 
Hsieh, Chih-Sheng
van Kippersluis, Hans
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 15-093/V
Abstract: 
Social interactions are generally thought to play an important role in smoking initiation among adolescents. In this paper we exploit detailed friendship nominations in the US Add Health data, and extend the Spatial Autoregressive Model (SAR) model to deal with (i) endogenous peer selection, and (ii) unobserved contextual effects, in order to identify the endogenous peer effect. We show that peer effects in the uptake of smoking are predominantly affecting individuals who are emotionally unstable. That is, individuals with "weaker" personalities are more vulnerable to peer pressure. This finding not only helps understanding heterogeneity in peer effects, but additionally provides a promising mechanism through which personality affects later life health and socioeconomic outcomes.
Subjects: 
Smoking
Peer effects
Personality
SAR model
Bayesian MCMC
JEL: 
C11
C21
I12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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