Cannabis Use and Mental Health Problems
Jan C. Van Ours
Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics
University of Melbourne - Department of Economics
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7384
This paper investigates whether cannabis use leads to worse mental health. To do so, we account for common unobserved factors affecting mental health and cannabis consumption by modeling mental health jointly with the dynamics of cannabis use. Our main finding is that using cannabis increases the likelihood of mental health problems, with current use having a larger effect than past use. The estimates suggest a dose response relationship between the frequency of recent cannabis use and the probability of currently experiencing a mental health problem.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
Keywords: cannabis use, discrete factor models, duration models, mental health
JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19working papers series
Date posted: August 26, 2009
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