We investigate the relationship between self-reported importance of religion and risky behaviors in adolescence using data from a large and detailed longitudinal study of English teenagers. We use school and individual fixed effects, and treatment effects with inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment, controlling for a rich set of characteristics, including individual personality traits. Our results show that individuals with low religiosity are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors.
Mendolia, S., Paloyo, A. & Walker, I. (2019). Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors. BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 19 (3), 20180311-1-20180311-16.