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Do youths substitute alcohol and marijuana? Some econometric evidence
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NBER Working Paper No. 46
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The substitution of alcohol beverages and marijuana among youths was examined using data from the 1982 and 1989 Monitoring the Future Surveys. The full price of alcohol was measured as beer prices and minimum legal drinking age, and the full price of marijuana was measured using an indicator of marijuana decriminalization and its money price. The results show that drinking frequency and episodes of heavy drinking have a negative relation to beer prices and a positive relation to the full price of marijuana. The implications of this substitution are examined for driving while intoxicated, using data from the Monitoring the Future Surveys and the Fatal Accident Reporting System. source
National Bureau of Economic Research
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Cambridge, MA

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