In a project funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, we analyzed how college roommates influence each other's mental health, help-seeking behavior, and related outcomes. This analysis is based on the "natural experiment" in which roommates are randomly assigned to each other. Feel free to email us if you would like a copy of any of the papers from this project:
Eisenberg, D., Golberstein, E., Whitlock, J.L. Peer Effects on Risky Behaviors: Evidence from College Roommates. Journal of Health Economics (revised and resubmitted).
Golberstein, E., Eisenberg, D., Downs, M.F. Spillover Effects in Health Services Use: Evidence from Mental Health Care using First-Year College Housing Assignments. (submitted).
Lipson, S.K., Eisenberg, D. Social Networks, Mental Health, and Help-seeking: Evidence from a Natural Experiment on College Campuses. Social Science & Medicine (submitted).
Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K., Eisenberg, D. (2013). Estimating Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Peer Effects on Body Weight Using Roommate Assignment as a Natural Experiment. Journal of Human Resources (forthcoming).
Kapinos, K., Yakusheva, O., Eisenberg, D. Obesogenic Influences on Young Adults: Evidence from College Dormitory Assignments. Economics & Human Biology (forthcoming).
Eisenberg, D., Golberstein, E., Whitlock, J.L., Downs, M.F. (2012). Social Contagion of Mental Health: Evidence from College Roommates. Health Economics (forthcoming).
Eisenberg, D., Downs, M.F., Golberstein, E. (2012). Effect of Contact with Treatment Users on Mental Illness Stigma: Evidence from University Roommate Assignments. Social Science & Medicine 75(6): 1122-1127.