Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation

46 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2012

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David Fergusson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

L. Horwood

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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: August 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 sue, Mental health, Suicidal ideation

JEL Classification: C31, I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Fergusson, David and Horwood, L. and van Ours, Jan C. and Williams, Jenny, Cannabis Use and Suicidal Ideation (August 2012). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9104. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153485

David Fergusson (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

L. Horwood

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

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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