Relative deprivation and risky behaviors

Available from: 
October 2013
Paper author(s): 
Ana Balsa (Universidad de Montevideo)
Michael T. French (University of Miami)
Tracy L. Regan (University of Arizona)
Topic: 
Education - Health
Year: 
2013

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Relative deprivation has been associated with lower social and job satisfaction as well as adverse health outcomes. Using Add Health data, we examine whether a student’s relative socioeconomic status (SES) has a direct effect on substance use. We advance the existing literature by addressing selection and simultaneity bias and by focusing on a reference group likely to exert the most influence on the respondents. We find that relative deprivation is positively associated with alcohol consumption, drinking to intoxication, and smoking for adolescent males, but not for females. Alternative variable definitions and robustness checks confirm these findings.

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