Why Parents Worry: Initiation into Cannabis use by Youth and their Educational Attainment

J.C. van Ours, J. Williams

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Abstract

In this paper we use individual level data from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey to study the relationship between initiation into cannabis use and educational attainment. Using instrumental variable estimation and bivariate duration analysis we find that those initiating into cannabis use early in life are much more likely to dropout of school compared to those who start later on. Moreover, we find that the reduction in years of schooling depends on the age at which initiation occurs, and that it is larger for females than males.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherMicroeconomics
Number of pages48
Volume2007-60
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2007-60

Keywords

  • cannabis use
  • age of initiation
  • educational attainment

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