Books: Spring, 2001

Featured in print Reporter

Risky Behavior among Youths: An Economic Analysis

Risky Behavior among Youths: An Economic Analysis, edited by Jonathan Gruber, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $75.00.

Young people routinely engage in risky behaviors that affect not only their immediate well being but also their long-term health and safety. In this NBER conference volume, the authors use economic analysis to study a wide range of unsafe activities, including teen drinking and driving, smoking, drug use, unprotected sex, and criminal activity. They also consider mental health and performance issues such as teenage depression, suicide, nutritional disorders, and high school dropout rates. This important volume provides both a key data source for public policy makers and a clear affirmation of the usefulness of economic analysis to our understanding of risky behavior.

Gruber is a professor of economics at MIT and a Research Associate and Director of the NBER's Program on Children.


NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2000

NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2000, edited by Ben S. Bernanke and Kenneth Rogoff, is available from the MIT Press this spring. The goals of this annual conference are to present, extend, and apply frontier work in macroeconomics and to stimulate research on policy issues. The topics covered in the 2000 conference volume are human capital externalities from compulsory schooling laws; the political business cycle; rethinking macroeconomic modeling; how money and banking shocks contributed to the Great Depression; trade policy and economic growth; and the six major puzzles in international macroeconomics.

Both editors are NBER Research Associates in the Programs on Economic Fluctuations and Growth and Monetary Economics. Bernanke is also the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Kenneth Rogoff is Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

The volume is priced at $60.00 for the clothbound and $30.00 for the paperback edition. It may be ordered directly from the MIT Press at 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142; or, by phone to 617-625-8569 or 1-800-356-0343; or, by email to The MIT Press also has a web site: