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Rank, Sex, Drugs, and Crime

Benjamin Elsner () and Ingo Isphording ()

No 9478, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper we show that a student's ordinal rank in a high school cohort is an important determinant of engaging in risky behaviors. Using longitudinal data from representative US high schools, and exploiting idiosyncratic variation in the cohort composition within a school, we find a strong negative effect of a student's rank on the likelihood of smoking, drinking, having unprotected sex, and engaging in physical fights. We further provide suggestive evidence that these results are driven by status concerns and differences in career expectations.

Keywords: beliefs; peer effects; ability rank; risky behavior; expectations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I14 I21 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2015-11
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Published - published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2018, 53(2), 356-381

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