Get High and Get Stupid: The Effect of Alcohol and Marijuana Use on Teen Sexual Behavior

42 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2002 Last revised: 29 Oct 2010

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Robert Kaestner

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael Grossman

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), NY Office; CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics

Sara Markowitz

Emory University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: September 2002

Abstract

Numerous studies have documented a strong correlation between substance use and teen sexual behavior, and this empirical relationship has given rise to a widespread belief that substance use causes teens to engage in risky sex. This causal link is often used by advocates to justify policies targeted at reducing substance use. Here, we argue that previous research has not produced sufficient evidence to substantiate a causal relationship between substance use and teen sexual behavior. Accordingly, we attempt to estimate causal effects using two complementary research approaches. Our findings suggest that substance use is not causally related to teen sexual behavior, although we cannot definitively rule out that possibility.

Suggested Citation

Kaestner, Robert and Grossman, Michael and Markowitz, Sara, Get High and Get Stupid: The Effect of Alcohol and Marijuana Use on Teen Sexual Behavior (September 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w9216. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=332260

Robert Kaestner

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