Risky Business: The Effects of Teacher Representation on Student Risk-Taking Behaviors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Angela Fertig, Medica Research Institute

Angela Fertig is a Research Investigator at the Medica Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include health economics, maternal and child health, and health disparities. Dr. Fertig and her co-authors use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to examine whether the presence of minority teachers reduces sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and poor birth outcomes among female students. They find that minority teachers reduce sexual activity among students from the same race/ethnicity with some spillover effects for white students. The evidence on the relationship between minority teachers and teen pregnancy and low birth weight births is mixed.

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