Cannabis Use and Mental Health Problems

CentER Discussion Papers Series No. 2009-60

39 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2009

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: July 21, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: cannabis use, mental health, duration models, discrete factor models

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Williams, Jenny, Cannabis Use and Mental Health Problems (July 21, 2009). CentER Discussion Papers Series No. 2009-60. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1436901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1436901

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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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