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Alcohol, marijuana, and American youth: the unintended consequences of government regulation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11758056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper analyzes the impact of increases in the minimum drinking age on the prevalence of alcohol and marijuana use among high school seniors. The empirical analysis is based on a large sample of students from 43 states over the years 1980-1989. We find that increases in the legal minimum drinking age did slightly reduce the prevalence of alcohol consumption. We also find, however, that increased legal minimum drinking ages had the unintended consequence of slightly increasing the prevalence of marijuana consumption. Estimates from a structural model suggest that this unintended consequence is attributable to standard substitution effects.
J DiNardo; T Lemieux
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health economics     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0167-6296     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Econ     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-06     Completed Date:  2001-12-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8410622     Medline TA:  J Health Econ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  991-1010     Citation Subset:  H    
School of Public Policy, University of Michigan and NBER, Ann Arbor 48109-1220, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Alcohol Drinking / economics,  epidemiology*,  legislation & jurisprudence
Criminal Law
Decision Making
Drug and Narcotic Control / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence*
Marijuana Abuse / economics,  epidemiology*
Models, Econometric
Sampling Studies
United States / epidemiology

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