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Cannabis Use and its Effects on Health, Education and Labor Market Success

Jan van Ours () and Jenny Williams ()

No 2014-024, Discussion Paper from Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research

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 eect of cannabis use on health, education and labor market success. We conclude that there do not appear to be serious harmful health eects 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 eects.

Keywords: Cannabis use; Health; Education; Labor market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014
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