Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98936
Authors: 
Pabilonia, Sabrina Wulff
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8204
Abstract: 
This paper uses individual-level data from both the 2003-2011 American Time Use Survey and Youth Risk Behavior Survey and state-level unemployment rates to examine the effects of the Great Recession on teenagers' activities. I present results by gender and gender by race/ethnicity. Over the period, I find changes in sexual activity for males associated with changes in time spent with parents; but results vary significantly by race. In addition, Hispanic males gained weight during the recession, due perhaps to a decrease in time spent playing sports. Hispanic females, on the other hand, made greater educational investments while spending less time working. All females significantly decreased TV viewing during the Great Recession. However, there were signs that female teenagers were stressed as they slept less and were more likely to smoke regularly.
Subjects: 
teenagers
risky behaviors
time use
Great Recession
economy
JEL: 
J22
J11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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