Working Papers, School of Business, Örebro University
Adolescent Alcohol-use and Economic Conditions: A Multilevel Analysis of Data from a Period with Big Economic Changes
() and Curt Hagquist
Abstract: This paper examines how the unemployment rate is related
to adolescent alcohol use during a time period characterized by big
societal changes using repeated cross-sectional adolescent survey data from
a Swedish region, collected in 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002 and 2005.
Individual level alcohol use is connected to local level unemployment rate
to estimate the relationship using multilevel modeling. The results show
that the unemployment rate is negatively associated with adolescents
alcohol use. When the unemployment rate increases, more adolescents, mainly
girls, do not drink at all. Regular drinking (2/month or more) is, on the
other hand, unrelated to the unemployment rate. This implies that we may se
decreases in adolescent alcohol use in the now expected real economic
crisis with increasing unemployment.
Keywords: alcohol use; unemployment rate; multilevel methods; Sweden.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E32; I12; (follow links to similar papers)
18 pages, May 13, 2009
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Svensson, Mikael and Curt Hagquist, (2011), 'Adolescent Alcohol-use and Economic Conditions: A Multilevel Analysis of Data from a Period with Big Economic Changes', The European Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 11, No. 6, pages 533-541
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