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The Intergenerational Transmission of Opioid Dependence: Evidence from Administrative Data

Alexander Ahammer () and Martin Halla ()

No 2020-10, Economics working papers from Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Abstract: To address the opioid crisis, it is crucial to understand its origins. We provide evidence for the intergenerational transmission of opioid dependence. Our analysis is based on administrative data covering the universe of Austrian births from 1984 to 1990. We consider prescription opioids and have a close proxy for addiction to illicit opioids. We find that, if at least one parent is using illicit opioids, the likelihood of the child using increases from 1.1 to 6.1%. For prescription opioids, we observe an increase from 4.6 to 7.7%. Both associations are stable and do not change when controlling for environmental variables.

Keywords: Opioids; prescription opioids; illicit opioids; heroin; addiction; drug abuse; intergenerational transmission; intergenerational correlation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I14 I18 J62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea and nep-ore
Note: English
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