Using data from a large national survey, this paper documents substantial differences by gender and race in smoking behavior, seat belt use, preventative dental care measured by teeth brushing and flossing, exercise, and whether the individual checks his or her blood pressure. White women are the most protective of their health, while black males are the least likely to take health‐enhancing actions. However, the racial gap in safety behavior narrows considerably or reverses after controlling for demographic, human capital, and labor market characteristics that affect safety choices. On the other hand, the safety gap by gender increases after controlling for characteristics.
Managerial and Decision Economics – Wiley
Published: Sep 1, 1996
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