2021 Risky Behaviors Mini-Conference

Risky Behaviors: A Virtual Mini-Conference

Risky behaviors of all kinds are pervasive in society and have significant public policy implications. These behaviors include crime, smoking, police misconduct, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, driving under the influence, sexual behaviors that lead to sexually transmitted diseases, and poor dieting and sedentary lifestyles. Risky behaviors can impose a prohibitive cost to society and can lead to a substantial number of preventable deaths.

Attendance limited to first 50 registrants.


This conference will be held via Gather Town. Details will be emailed to registrants closer to the conference date.

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All times are EST.

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Settling in and Welcome

10:00-10:50 a.m.

“The Intergenerational Effects of the Vietnam Draft on Risky Behaviors”

  • Monica Deza, Assistant Professor, City University of New York (CUNY)

Discussant: Dave Marcotte, Professor, American University

11:00-11:50 a.m.

“Persistence of Gun Violence Among Young Black Males”

Discussant: Jamein P. Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Noon-1:10 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:10-2:00 p.m.

“How Do Mass Shootings Affect Community Wellbeing?”

Discussant: Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor, Purdue University

2:10-3:00 p.m.

“Fertility Trends in the United States, 1980-2017: The Role of Unintended Births”

  • Melanie Guldi, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Discussant: Martha Bailey, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

3:10-4:00 p.m.

“The Impact of Smoking Bans in Bars and Restaurants on Alcohol Consumption, Smoking, and Alcohol-Related Externalities”

Discussant: Jon Moreno-Medina, Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University

4:10-5:00 p.m.

“Collective Bargaining Rights, Policing, and Civilian Deaths”

Discussant: Emily Weisburt, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles


For more information, contact Alberto Ortega at alorte@iu.edu.