EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

High School Alcohol Use and Young Adult Labor Market Outcomes

Pinka Chatterji and Jeffrey DeSimone

No 12529, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We estimate the relationship between 10th grade binge drinking in 1990 and labor market outcomes in 2000 among National Educational Longitudinal Survey respondents. For females, adolescent drinking and adult wages are unrelated, and negative employment effects disappear once academic achievement is held constant. For males, negative employment effects and, more strikingly, positive wage effects persist after controlling for achievement as well as background characteristics, educational attainment, and adult binge drinking and family and job characteristics. Accounting for illegal drug use and other problem behaviors in 10th grade eliminates the unemployment effect, but strengthens the wage effect. As the latter is not explicable by the health, income or social capital justifications that are often used for frequently observed positive correlations between adult alcohol use and earnings, we conjecture that binge drinking conveys unobserved social skills that are rewarded by employers.

JEL-codes: I1 J2 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-edu, nep-hea, nep-lab and nep-reg
Date: 2006-09
Note: HE
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.nber.org/papers/w12529.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:nbr:nberwo:12529

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
http://www.nber.org/papers/w12529

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2017-11-13
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:12529