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

Jan van Ours () and Jenny Williams ()

No 1013, Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from The University of Melbourne

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.

Keywords: cannabis use; age of initiation; educational attainment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 D12 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2007
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