The Economics of Controversial Policies and Unintended Consequences
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Chair: Kathleen Nosal, University of Mannheim
The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Child Maltreatment: Evidence From State Panel Data, 1995-2014
AbstractThis paper looks at one potential risk factor for child maltreatment –marijuana use and liberalization –using evidence from medical marijuana laws (MMLs). I begin by extending the current MML-crime literature by providing a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of MMLs implemented at the state level on reported child victimization rates. I show that specific modes of medical marijuana regulation differentially influence the magnitude of reported incidences of child abuse, a finding which sheds new light on the current literature. More specifically, using fixed effects analysis applied to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Database System (NCANDS) and the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), I show that states that allow for home cultivation of marijuana in addition to decriminalizing its use see a further increase in the magnitude of reported incidences of child maltreatment rates.
- I1 - Health
- K0 - General