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posted on 24.03.2021, 20:21 by Yu-Wei ChuYu-Wei Chu, S Gershenson
Medical marijuana laws (MMLs) represent a major change of marijuana policy in the U.S. Previous research shows that these laws increase marijuana use among adults. In this paper, we estimate the effects of MMLs on secondary and post-secondary students’ time use using data from the American Time Use Survey. We apply a difference-in-differences research design and estimate flexible fixed effects models that condition on state fixed effects and state-specific time trends. We find no effect of MMLs on secondary students’ time use. However, we find that college students in MML states spend approximately 20% less time on education-related activities and 20% more time on leisure activities than their counterparts in non-MML states. These behavioral responses largely occur during weekends and summer when students have more spare time. Finally, the impacts of MMLs are heterogeneous and stronger among part-time college students, who are more likely to be first-generation college goers and to come from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. © This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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Chu, Y. & Gershenson, S. (2018). High times: The effect of medical marijuana laws on student time use. Economics of Education Review, 66, 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2018.08.003

Journal title

Economics of Education Review

Volume

66

Publication date

01/10/2018

Pagination

1-30

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication status

Published online

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

18/08/2018

ISSN

0272-7757

eISSN

1873-7382

Article number

No. 9887

Language

en