David Fergusson, John Horwood, Jan C van Ours and Jenny Williams
No 9104, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
Abstract: Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30 year longitudinal study of a birth cohort. We find that intensive cannabis use – at least several times per week – leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males. We find no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either males or females.
Keywords: Cannabis sue; Mental health; Suicidal ideation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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