Illicit drug use and educational attainment
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2006
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 489–511, May 2006
How to Cite
Chatterji, P. (2006), Illicit drug use and educational attainment. Health Econ., 15: 489–511. doi: 10.1002/hec.1085
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 23 DEC 2003
- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Grant Number: K01 AA000328-03
- illicit drug use;
- human capital
This paper uses data from the National Education Longitudinal Study to estimate the association between illicit drug use during high school and the number of years of schooling completed. The analysis accounts for the possibility that drug use is endogenous using two methods: (1) by controlling for individual-level characteristics measured before high school entrance; and (2) by using an instrumental variables method, with state drug policies and 8th grade school characteristics as identifying variables. Findings suggest that marijuana use and cocaine use in high school are associated with reductions in the number of years of schooling completed. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.