Is Cannabis a Stepping-Stone for Cocaine?

42 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2002

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Jan C. van Ours

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

Date Written: December 2001

Abstract

This Paper uses a unique dataset collected among inhabitants of Amsterdam, to study the dynamics in the consumption of cannabis and cocaine. If people start using these drugs they are most likely to do so at age 18-20 for cannabis and age 20-25 for cocaine. An analysis of the starting rates shows some evidence of cannabis being a 'stepping stone' for cocaine. The fact that some individuals use both cannabis and cocaine has, however, to do mostly with (unobserved) personal characteristics and not with the use of cannabis causing the use of cocaine.

Keywords: Drugs, consumer behaviour

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Is Cannabis a Stepping-Stone for Cocaine? (December 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3116. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=297268

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

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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