DP6449 Why Parents Worry: Initiation into Cannabis Use by Youth and their Educational Attainment

Author(s): Jan C. van Ours, Jenny Williams
Publication Date: September 2007
Keyword(s): age of initiation, cannabis use, educational attainment
JEL(s): C41, D12, I19
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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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.