Cannabis, Cocaine and Wages of Prime Age Males

CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-14

30 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005

See all articles by Jan C. van Ours

Jan C. van Ours

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

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

This paper uses a dataset collected among inhabitants of Amsterdam, to study whether wages of prime age male workers are affected by the use of cannabis and cocaine. The analysis shows that cocaine use and infrequent cannabis use do not affect wages. Frequent cannabis use has a negative wage effect. The age of onset is also important. The earlier current cannabis users have started to use cannabis the larger the negative impact on their wage.

Keywords: Grugs, wages, cannabis, cocaine

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Cannabis, Cocaine and Wages of Prime Age Males (January 2005). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=670147 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.670147

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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