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ERIC Number: EJ1173034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0964-5292
Diverse Friendship Networks and Heterogeneous Peer Effects on Adolescent Misbehaviors
Xu, Yilan; Fan, Linlin
Education Economics, v26 n3 p233-252 2018
This study estimates peer effects in diverse friendship networks by friend types. Evidence from friendship networks for 57,351 U.S. high school adolescents demonstrates that adolescents are more likely to make friends with someone of the same immigrant status or ethnicity ('similar friends') than those with different backgrounds ('dissimilar friends') and they interact more with their similar friends. Both types of friends influence adolescents' misbehaviors of smoking and drinking; yet similar friends have greater influences. Various potential mechanisms are contested, and the results suggest that higher interactions with similar friends can explain the heterogeneous peer effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Grant or Contract Numbers: ILLU470367