Peer effects on risky behaviors: new evidence from college roommate assignments.

@article{Eisenberg2014PeerEO,
  title={Peer effects on risky behaviors: new evidence from college roommate assignments.},
  author={Daniel Eisenberg and Ezra Golberstein and Janis Whitlock},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={2014},
  volume={33},
  pages={
          126-38
        }
}
Social scientists continue to devote considerable attention to spillover effects for risky behaviors because of the important policy implications and the persistent challenges in identifying unbiased causal effects. We use the natural experiment of assigned college roommates to estimate peer effects for several measures of health risks: binge drinking, smoking, illicit drug use, gambling, having multiple sex partners, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-injury. We find significant peer… 
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