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Jürges, Hendrik

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Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors

Silvia Mendolia
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Published Online: 2019-06-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2018-0311


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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Keywords: health behaviors; panel data; religiosity


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Published Online: 2019-06-13

Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Citation Information: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 19, Issue 3, 20180311, ISSN (Online) 1935-1682, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2018-0311.

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