5th Annual Meeting on the Economics of Risky Behaviors (AMERB)

05 - 07 Apr 2013

George Washington University, Georgia State University and IZA (Institue for the Study of Labor)


Many individuals, adults, adolescents, and children alike engage in a host of risky behaviors that might have significant present and future ramifications. Broadly defined, these are the type of behaviors that involves a trade-off between short term benefits and long-term costs.

Examples of such behaviors include, but are not limited to, crime and delinquency, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, suicidal behavior, reckless driving and driving under the influence, underage sexual activity and sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and poor diets and sedentary lifestyles leading to obesity.

These behaviors are major source of preventable deaths and impose substantial costs on those who engage in them and the society.

For more information, please visit the IZA event website.