Cannabis Use and its Effects on Health, Education and Labor Market Success

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-024

27 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2014  

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: March 25, 2014

Abstract

Cannabis is the most popular illegal drug. Its legal status is typically justified on the grounds that cannabis use has harmful consequences. Empirically investigating this issue has been a fertile topic for research in recent times. We provide an overview of this literature, focusing on studies which seek to establish the causal effect of cannabis use on health, education and labor market success. We conclude that there do not appear to be serious harmful health effects of moderate cannabis use. Nevertheless, there is evidence of reduced mental well-being for heavy users who are susceptible to mental health problems. While there is robust evidence that early cannabis use reduces educational attainment, there remains substantial uncertainty as to whether using cannabis has adverse labor market effects.

Keywords: cannabis use, health, education, labor market

JEL Classification: I10, I20

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C. and Williams, Jenny, Cannabis Use and its Effects on Health, Education and Labor Market Success (March 25, 2014). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-024. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2414469 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2414469

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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Australia

Jenny Williams

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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