Recreational Marijuana Laws and Junk Food Consumption: Evidence Using Border Analysis and Retail Sales Data
77 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2019 Last revised: 4 Nov 2019
Date Written: February 4, 2019
We use retail scanner data on purchases of high calorie food to study the link between recreational marijuana laws (RMLs) and consumption of high calorie food. To do this we exploit differences in the timing of introduction of marijuana laws among states and find that they are complements. Specifically, in counties located in RML states monthly sales of high calorie food increased by 3.1 percent for ice cream, 4.1 for cookies, and 5.3 percent for chips.
Keywords: Border Analysis, Difference-In-Difference, Junk Food, Recreational Marijuana Laws, US Counties
JEL Classification: I1, K4
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