Dynamics in the Use of Drugs

CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-21

37 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 information about prime age individuals living in Amsterdam to study the dynamics in the use of drugs, in particular alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, and ecstasy. The analysis concerns starting rates, transitions from non-use to use, as well as quit rates, transitions from use to non-use. Particular attention is given to the effect of the age of onset on quit behavior. The empirical analysis shows that for most of the drugs investigated the age of onset has a positive effect on the quit rate. The earlier individuals start using a particular drug the less likely they are to stop using that drug.

Keywords: alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, ecstacy, drug use, age of onset

JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19

Suggested Citation

van Ours, Jan C., Dynamics in the Use of Drugs (January 2005). CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=670184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.670184

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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