CitationAmialchuk, Aliaksandr & Ali, Mir M. (2023). The long-term effects of marijuana use on mental health outcomes. Review of Economics of the Household.
AbstractWe estimate the long-term effect of initiating marijuana use in adolescence on several mental health outcomes later in life. We use the first two waves (1994–1996) and the fifth wave (2016–2018) of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and estimate instrumental variables models with school-level fixed effects, where the instrument is the respondents’ perceptions about their friends’ marijuana use. We find that marijuana use in adolescence is associated with a significant increase in anxiety approximately twenty years later. The increase in anxiety is only present among females and is stronger among females who used marijuana regularly as adolescents.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleReview of Economics of the Household
Ali, Mir M.