Taking Drugs or Having a Few Drags? Evidence of Rising Rates of Inhalant Use Among European Adolescents during the Economic Crisis
Nicoletta Balbo, Bocconi University
Piergiorgio Carapella, Catholic University of Milan
Two main alternative mechanisms might be at work: income effect, according to which during financial hardship people are less likely to spend many on substances, and psychological distress effect, which suggests that people cope with uncertainty by using more substances. By engaging in descriptive analyses and a series of logistic regression models, with geographical region fixed effects, we find that ecstasy and cocaine use seem to decrease during the financial crisis, whereas inhalants use increases. Being inhalants very cheap substances that can be found in every households, such as solvents and aerosols, their rising use might be due to both income effect, which would suggest people turning to cheaper substances, and psychological distress effect, that would increases adolescents use of mind-altering drugs.
Presented in Session 1233: Posters