Key DFM Personnel
Marlon Mundt, PhD – Principal Investigator
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
This study analyzes the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to determine the relationship between adolescent alcohol use, social networks and economic outcomes in labor markets, health care utilization and criminal activity.
The goals of this project are to (1) determine the interaction between adolescent alcohol use and adolescent social networks and the extent to which adolescent alcohol use and social networks drive labor market outcomes, such as wages and employment, in adulthood; (2) determine the extent to which adolescent alcohol use and social networks drive health care costs in adulthood; and (3) determine the extent to which adolescent alcohol use and social networks drive crime costs in adulthood.
The study incorporates social network variables into an analytical model of labor, health care, and crime outcomes for adolescents using longitudinal data collected from a representative sample of middle school and high school students across the US.