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Drugs as a Rational Choice: Preliminary Explorations of Marijuana Consumption in Australia


  • Zhao, Xueyan


Although an illegal commodity, Australian marijuana market is estimated to be in the size of as large as $5 billion annually. Understanding the consumer behaviour of illicit drug consumption is essential in drug policy debate. Using micro unit data from the most recent National Drug Strategy Household Surveys, ordered Probit model is estimated to study the effects of some social, economic and demographic factors on the frequency of an individual’s marijuana consumption. A sequential model is also estimated that examines separately the decisions of whether to participate in regular consumption and how often to consume the drug. Results indicate that some factors may have opposite effects on the two decisions.

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  • Zhao, Xueyan, 2003. "Drugs as a Rational Choice: Preliminary Explorations of Marijuana Consumption in Australia," 2003 Conference (47th), February 12-14, 2003, Fremantle, Australia 58276, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aare03:58276

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    1. Clements, Kenneth W., 2004. "Three facts about marijuana prices," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 48(2), June.
    2. K.W. Clements & M. Daryal, 1999. "The Economics of Marijuana Consumption," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 99-20, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    3. Cameron, Lisa & Williams, Jenny, 2001. "Cannabis, Alcohol and Cigarettes: Substitutes or Complements?," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 77(236), pages 19-34, March.
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