Sex, Drugs, and Catholic Schools

Private Schooling and Non-Market Adolescent Behaviors

David N Figlio, Jens Ludwig*

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of private schooling on adolescent non-market behaviors. We control for differences between private and public school students by making use of the rich set of covariates available with our NELS micro-dataset. We also employ an instrumental-variables strategy that exploits variation across metropolitan areas in the costs that parents face in transporting their children to private schools, which stem from differences in the quality of the local transportation infrastructure. We find evidence to suggest that religious private schooling reduces involvement in the most consequential risky behaviors such as teen sexual activity, arrests, and use of hard drugs (cocaine), but not drinking, smoking and marijuana use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-415
Number of pages31
JournalGerman Economic Review
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

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Private schools
Drugs
Schooling
Teens
Drinking
Public schools
Covariates
Costs
Instrumental variables
Cocaine
Smoking
Risky behavior
Metropolitan areas
Transportation infrastructure
Marijuana

Keywords

  • Crime
  • Delinquency
  • Private schooling

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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In: German Economic Review, Vol. 13, No. 4, 01.11.2012, p. 385-415.

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