CitationSotoudeh, Ramina; Conley, Dalton; & Harris, Kathleen Mullan (2018). The influence of peer genes and peer behavior on smoking outcomes: Evidence from Add Health. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America. Denver, CO.
AbstractA growing literature in social genetics asks whether the genes of people in one’s social environment affect one’s outcomes. This literature is conceptually related to the larger peer effects literature; however, the two problems are rarely treated together. We demonstrate the value of integrating peer and social genetic models by using Add Health to examine social genetic and peer effects in smoking. We find evidence of peer effects in smoking. We find that the effect of peer’s genes on an individual’s smoking outcome is similar in magnitude to the effect one’s own genes has on one’s own smoking behavior. Finally, we show that the higher an individual’s genetic predisposition to smoking, the more likely they are to smoke, regardless of peers’ smoking behavior, evidence that genetic propensity to engage in a behavior affects the elasticity of that behavior in response to the social environment.
Keyword(s)genetics peer behavior smoking
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Series TitleGenetics in social science research
Harris, Kathleen Mullan