Conference and publication on economic studies of substance use and abuse

This grant funds a special meeting of researchers conducting econometric and behavioral economic studies of substance use and abuse. The proceedings of this conference will be published by the University of Chicago Press as part of its National Bureau of Economic research series. This conference/volume will be part of an ongoing series conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research on a wide variety of policy-relevant topics in more traditional areas of economic research, including macroeconomics, international trade, labor economics, health economics, and many others. The conference will consist of two introductory papers providing an overview of econometric and behavioral economic studies of substance abuse. This will be followed by ten original research papers, five by economists and five by behavioral psychologists. One paper from each perspective will cover each of the following topics: cigarette smoking and other tobacco use, alcohol use and abuse, illicit drug use, polysubstance use, and labor market effects of substance use. In addition, one joint paper by two economists and one behavioral psychologist, which is the only example of current experimental research on substance abuse by economists, will be included. A closing paper will synthesize the policy-relevant findings from the econometric and behavioral economic literature on substance use and abuse, as well as suggest future multidisciplinary research efforts.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $86,940.00

Awarded on: 9/20/1996

Time frame: 10/1/1996 - 3/31/1998

Grant Number: 29421


National Bureau of Economic Research Inc.

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Cambridge, 02138-5398


Frank Joseph Chaloupka
Project Director