The impact of going to school at night on teenage risky behavior

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Universidad de San Andrés
Available from: 
April 2015
Paper author(s): 
Ana Reynoso
Martin A. Rossi
Topic: 
Education - Health
Year: 
2015

We study the relationship between attending high school at night and the probability of engaging in risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex or consuming substances. To address potential endogeneity concerns we take advantage of a random assignment of high school students to daytime and night shifts in the city of Buenos Aires. Using an original survey on students attending their last year of high school, we nd that girls attending high school in the evening start having sex at an earlier age and present a higher probability of getting an abortion. We nd no signicant dierences for substance use. Our experimental approach suggests that the link between high school shift and risky behavior is causal. Results hold when we use an alternative sample of alumni.

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