Effects of state education requirements for substance use prevention

Christopher S. Carpenter, Tim A. Bruckner, Thurston Domina, Julie Gerlinger, Sara Wakefield

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We provide the first evidence on the effects of state laws requiring students to receive education about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs using data on over a million youths from the 1976–2010 Monitoring the Future study. In difference-in-differences and event-study models, we find robust evidence that these laws significantly reduced recent alcohol and marijuana use among high school seniors by 1.6–2.8 percentage points, or about 8–10% of the overall decline over this period. Our results suggest that information interventions can reduce youth substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-86
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Economics (United Kingdom)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


  • education
  • quasi-experiment
  • substance use


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