Cannabis use and its effects on health, education and labor market success

J.C. van Ours, J. Williams

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Abstract

Cannabis is the most popular illegal drug. Its legal status is typically justified on the grounds that cannabis use has harmful consequences. Empirically investigating this issue has been a fertile topic for research in recent times. We provide an overview of this literature, focusing on studies which seek to establish the causal effect of cannabis use on health, education, and labor market success. We conclude that there do not appear to be serious harmful health effects of moderate cannabis use. Nevertheless, there is evidence of reduced mental well-being for heavy users who are susceptible to mental health problems. While there is robust evidence that early cannabis use reduces educational attainment, there remains substantial uncertainty as to whether using cannabis has adverse labor market effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-1010
JournalJournal of Economic Surveys
Volume29
Issue number5
Early online date11 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

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Mental health
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Keywords

  • cannabis use
  • education
  • health
  • labor market

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van Ours, J.C. ; Williams, J. / Cannabis use and its effects on health, education and labor market success. In: Journal of Economic Surveys. 2015 ; Vol. 29, No. 5. pp. 993-1010.
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