Which Kids Party Hard?

In “Uncommon Knowledge: Freaks and geeks, and beyond,” the Boston Globe’s Kevin Lewis highlights a JHR paper on how relative intelligence among teens determines risky behavior.

“Economists found that middle- and high-school students who scored lower on an intelligence test relative to their classmates were more involved in smoking, drinking, unprotected sex, and physical fighting, compared with students who earned similar intelligence scores but had lower-scoring classmates.”

For the full study, see “Rank, Sex, Drugs and Crime,” by Benjamin Elsner and Ingo E. Isphording.

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