Does Drug Use Cause Poverty?

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Robert Kaestner

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 1998

Abstract

In this study, I examine the effect of drug use on poverty. The main objective of the paper is to provide descriptive empirical information about the relationship between drug use and poverty, and to explore, in a preliminary fashion, the question of whether drug use causes poverty. Toward this end, I present the results of both descriptive and multivariate analyses of the relationship between drug use and poverty for two national samples of young adults. One sample is drawn from the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse (NHSDA), and the other from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). The results of the analysis indicate that for both samples, drug use is associated with greater poverty.

Suggested Citation

Kaestner, Robert, Does Drug Use Cause Poverty? (February 1998). NBER Working Paper No. w6406, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226154

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