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Michele Baggio

Department of Economics
University of Connecticut
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Storrs, CT 06269

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Institutional Affiliation: University of Connecticut

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November 2018Sex, Drugs, and Baby Booms: Can Behavior Overcome Biology?
with Alberto Chong, David Simon: w25208
We study the behavioral changes due to marijuana consumption on fertility and its key mechanisms, as opposed to physiological changes. We can employ several large proprietary data sets, including the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Nielsen Retail Scanner database, as well as the Vital Statistics Natality files and apply a differences-in-differences approach by exploiting the timing of the introduction of medical marijuana laws among states. We first replicate the earlier literature by showing that marijuana use increases after the passage of medical marijuana laws. Our novel results reveal that birth rates increased after the passage of a law corresponding to increased frequency of sexual intercourse, decreased purchase of condoms and suggestive evidence on decreased condom use...
 
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