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Cannabis, Cocaine and Jobs

  • Jan C. van Ours

This paper uses a dataset collected among inhabitants of Amsterdam, to study the employment effects of the use of cannabis and cocaine. For females no negative effects of drug use on the employment rate are found. For males there is a negative relationship between past cannabis and cocaine use and employment. However, this relationship has to do with correlation through unobserved personal characteristics and not with causality.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Australasian Meetings with number 71.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ecm:ausm04:71
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  1. Charles A. Register & Donald R. Williams, 1992. "Labor market effects of marijuana and cocaine use among young men," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 45(3), pages 435-451, April.
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