Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2012-063

44 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2012

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

David Fergusson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

L. Horwood

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: August 21, 2012

Abstract

Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30 year longitudinal study of a birth cohort. We find that intensive cannabis use - at least several times per week - leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males. We find no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either males or females.

Keywords: cannabis use, suicidal ideation, mental health

JEL Classification: C31, I10, I18

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Williams, Jenny and Fergusson, David and Horwood, L., Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation (August 21, 2012). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2012-063. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2133267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2133267

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

David Fergusson

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

L. Horwood

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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