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Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors

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Article number20180311
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date13/06/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We investigate the relationship between self-reported importance of religion and risky behaviors in adolescence using data from a large and detailed longitudinal study of English teenagers. We use school and individual fixed effects, and treatment effects with inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment, controlling for a rich set of characteristics, including individual personality traits. Our results show that individuals with low religiosity are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors.