Why Parents Worry: Initiation into Cannabis Use by Youth and Their Educational Attainment

50 Pages Posted: 30 May 2008

See all articles by Jan C. van Ours

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Jenny Williams

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 2007

Abstract

In this paper we use individual level data from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey to study the relationship between initiation into cannabis use and educational attainment. Using instrumental variable estimation and bivariate duration analysis we find that those initiating into cannabis use early in life are much more likely to dropout of school compared to those who start later on. Moreover, we find that the reduction in years of schooling depends on the age at which initiation occurs, and that it is larger for females than males.

Keywords: age of initiation, cannabis use, educational attainment

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Williams, Jenny, Why Parents Worry: Initiation into Cannabis Use by Youth and Their Educational Attainment (September 2007). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6449. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1138562

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jenny Williams

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.economics.unimelb.edu.au/staffprofile/jwilliams.htm

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