Cannabis, Cocaine and Jobs

CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-15

32 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


This paper uses a dataset collected among inhabitants of Amsterdam, to study the employment effects of the use of cannabis and cocaine. For females, no negative effects of drug use on the employment rate are found. For males, there is a negative correlation between past cannabis and cocaine use and employment. However, after correcting for the effect of unobserved personal characteristics, there is no negative effect of cannabis use or cocaine use on the employment status of males.

Keywords: Drugs, employment, cannabis, cocaine

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Cannabis, Cocaine and Jobs (January 2005). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-15. Available at SSRN: or

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010

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