Distance to Cannabis-Shops and Age of Onset of Cannabis Use

36 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2013

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Ali Palali

Tilburg University - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

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

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Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

In the Netherlands cannabis use is quasi-legalized. Small quantities of cannabis can be bought in cannabis-shops. We investigate how the distance to the nearest cannabis-shop affects the age of onset of cannabis use. We use a Mixed Proportional Hazard rate framework to take account of observable as well as unobservable characteristics that influence the uptake of cannabis. We find that distance matters. Individuals who grow up within 20 kilometers of a cannabis-shop have a lower age of onset.

Keywords: cannabis use, coffeeshops, drugs policy

JEL Classification: C31, I10, I18

Suggested Citation

Palali, Ali and van Ours, Jan C., Distance to Cannabis-Shops and Age of Onset of Cannabis Use (September 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9632. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2322727

Ali Palali (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

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

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