Economics research seminar: Beauty and adolescent risky behaviours

Issued: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2019
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Main Building Lecture Theatre 206
Category: Academic events
Audience: Academic staff and doctoral students
Admission: Free
Registration: N/A

Dr Anwen Zhang of the University of Glasgow will present his research entitled 'Beauty and Adolescent Risky Behaviours' at Adam Smith Business School on 20 November 2019.

Growing evidence demonstrates that physical attractiveness leads to sizeable labour market benefits; yet, how it influences earlier consequential decisions is not well understood. This paper estimates the effect of attractiveness on engagement in risky behaviours in adolescence. We find marked effects across a range of risky behaviours. More attractive individuals are more likely to engage in underage drinking, but less likely to smoke or to be sexually active. Mediation analysis reveals that popularity, self-esteem, and personality attractiveness have roles as underlying mechanisms. Our findings suggest physical attractiveness in adolescence carries long-lasting consequences over the life course.

Anwen Zhang is an applied microeconomist and currently Lecturer in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School. Prior to joining University of Glasgow in June 2019, he held research positions at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on policy-relevant issues related to health and education. His work seeks to understand the determinants of health and education outcomes, and the effects of health and education policies on these outcomes, by applying quasi-experimental methods to large-scale observational data. His current work focuses on mental health, schools, and health policy.

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