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Risky Behavior among YouthsAn Economic Analysis$
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Jonathan Gruber

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226310138

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309972.001.0001

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Marijuana and Youth

Marijuana and Youth

Chapter:
(p.271) 6 Marijuana and Youth
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Risky Behavior among Youths
Author(s):

Rosalie Liccardo Pacula

Michael Grossman

Frank J. Chaloupka

Patrick M. O'Malley

Lloyd D. Johnston

Matthew C. Farrelly

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309972.003.0007

Statistics from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse show that current use of illicit drugs among U.S youths (12–17 years of age) doubled from an historic low in 1992 of 5.3 percent to 11.4 percent in 1997 before falling to 9.9 percent in 1998. Data from the Monitoring the Future study (MTF study) yielded even higher estimates of use and a similar sharp increase in that period. Marijuana use is by far the leading drug abuse problem among adolescents and has been so for the past twenty-five years. This chapter explores the demand for marijuana among a nationally representative sample of American high school seniors from the MTF survey. It presents the first set of estimates of the price sensitivity of the prevalence of youth marijuana use and assesses the extent to which trends in price predict the reduction in marijuana use in the 1980s and early 1990s as well as the increase in use since 1992. It also presents summary statistics of the prevalence of marijuana use and how it has changed over time.

Keywords:   marijuana, youths, Monitoring the Future, high school seniors, price sensitivity, drug abuse, demand

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