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Cannabis Prices and Dynamics of Cannabis Use

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  • Ours, J.C. van
  • Williams, J.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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This paper uses duration models and self-reported cannabis histories from young Australians to study the dynamics of cannabis use. We find that low cannabis prices are associated with early initiation into cannabis use. While the decision to quit does not appear to be directly influenced by price, we find that the younger an individual is when they start using cannabis the less likely they are to quit. Therefore, low cannabis prices lead to early use and because of that they lead to a low quit rate and hence a longer duration of use.

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  3. Jan C. van Ours & Jenny Williams, 2007. "Why Parents Worry: Initiation into Cannabis Use by Youth and their Educational Attainment," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 1013, The University of Melbourne.
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  5. Ours, J.C. van, 2011. "The Long and Winding Road to Cannabis Legalization," Discussion Paper 2011-126, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  6. Grossman, Michael & van Ours, Jan C & Williams, Jenny, 2011. "Why do some people want to legalize cannabis use?," CEPR Discussion Papers 8228, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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