Does alcohol-use increase the risk of sexual intercourse among adolescents? Evidence from the NLSY97

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  • This study investigates the causal link between alcohol-use and adolescent sexual activity. In a recent paper, using data from the 1995 wave of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Rees et al. [Journal of Health Economics 20 (5) (2001)] found little evidence of such a link. The data used here are from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, 1997 (NLSY97), and results indicate that alcohol-use increases the probability of sexual intercourse, even after accounting for the potential endogeneity. However, consistent with Rees et al., there is less evidence that heavy drinking has a significant effect on sexual intercourse. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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  • Sen B
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  • 1085
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  • 1093
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  • 21
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  • 6