Susan Averett

Simon Center
Dept. of Economics
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2010Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls
with Hope Corman, Nancy Reichman: w16172
We use data from The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health to estimate effects of adolescent girls' overweight on their propensity to engage in risky sexual behavior. We estimate single equation, two-stage, and sibling fixed-effects models and find that overweight or obese teenage girls are more likely than their recommended-weight peers to engage in certain types of risky sexual behavior but not others. The results from this study underscore the importance of using multifaceted and contemporary measures of risky sexual behavior and have implications for the health and well-being of adolescent girls.

Published: “Effects of Overweight on Risky Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Girls,” (with Susan Averett and Nancy Reichman), Economic Inquiry Vol. 51 No. 1 (January 2013) pp. 605 - 619. citation courtesy of

February 2008Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents' Identity and Behavior
with Christopher Ruebeck, Howard Bodenhorn: w13793
Although rates of interracial marriage are on the rise, we still know relatively little about the experiences of mixed-race adolescents. In this paper, we examine the identity and behavior of mixed-race (black and white) youth. We find that mixed-race youth adopt both types of behaviors -- those that can be empirically characterized as "black" and those that can be characterized as "white". When we combine both types of behavior, average mixed-race behavior is a combination that is neither white nor black, and the variance in mixed-race behavior is generally greater than the variance in behavior of monoracial adolescents, especially as compared to the black racial group. Adolescence is the time during which there is most pressure to establish an identity, and our results indicate that mi...

Published: Christopher S. Ruebeck & Susan L. Averett & Howard N. Bodenhorn, 2009. "Acting White or Acting Black: Mixed-Race Adolescents' Identity and Behavior," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Berkeley Electronic Press, vol. 9(1). citation courtesy of

September 2003Unemployment Risk and Compensating Differential in Late-Nineteenth Century New Jersey Manufacturing
with Howard Bodenhorn, Justas Staisiunas: w9977
In this paper we test for the existence of compensating differentials for unemployment risk in an era before unemployment insurance. Using information gathered from manufacturing worker surveys conducted during the 1880s in New Jersey, we find that workers who faced higher probabilities of predictable unemployment spells received a small compensating differential. Low-skill laborers and operatives were partially compensated for unemployment risks; skilled craftsmen were not. Although workers were not fully compensated for the unemployment risks they accepted, the results are of interest because most previous writers, dating back to Adam Smith, doubted the existence of compensating differentials in manufacturing. Differentials are typically believed to arise in employments with pronounced s...

Published: Averett, Susan, Howard Bodenhorn and Justas Staisiunas. "Unemployment Risk And Compensating Differentials In New Jersey Manufacturing," Economic Inquiry, 2005, v43(4,Oct), 734-749.

November 1993The Economic Reality of the Beauty Myth
with Sanders Korenman: w4521
We investigate income, marital status, and hourly pay differentials by body mass (kg/m2) in a sample of 23 to 31 year olds drawn from the 1988 NLSY. Obese women have lower family incomes than women whose weight-for-height is in the 'recommended' range. Results for men are weaker and mixed. We find similar results when we compare same-sex siblings in order to control for family background (e.g., social class) differences. Differences in economic status by body mass for women increase markedly when we use an earlier weight measure or restrict the sample to persons who were single and childless when the early weight was reported. There is some evidence of labor market discrimination against obese women. However, differences in marriage probabilities and in spouse's earnings account for ...

Published: Journal of Human Resources, Spring 1996 citation courtesy of

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