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GENDER AND THE INFLUENCE OF PEER ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ON ADOLESCENT SEXUAL ACTIVITY

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  • GLEN R. WADDELL

    1. Waddell: Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1285; Research Fellow, IZA, Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 5-9, D-53113 Bonn, Germany. Phone 1-541-346-1259, Fax 1-541-346-1243, E-mail waddell@uoregon.edu
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    • I thank Peter Arcidiacono, Scott Carrell, Angela Dills, Jason Fletcher, Hilary Hoynes, Jason Lindo, Doug Miller, Inas Rashad-Kelly, Daniel Rees, Larry Singell, Joe Stone, and seminar participants at UC-Davis and the 2nd Annual Meeting on the Economics of Risky Behaviors for beneficial comments. Any errors remain my responsibility.


Abstract

I consider the alcohol consumption of opposite-gender peers as explanatory to adolescent sexual intercourse and demonstrate that female sexual activity is higher where there is higher alcohol consumption among male peers. This relationship is robust to school fixed effects, cannot be explained by broader cohort effects or general antisocial behaviors in male peer groups, and is distinctly different from any influence of the alcohol consumption of female peers which is shown to have no influence on female sexual activity. There is no evidence that male sexual activity responds to female peer alcohol consumption. (JEL J13, I12)

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