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New Publication! -- Higher Education: The impact of recreational marijuana on college applications

New Publication! -- Higher Education: The impact of recreational marijuana on college applications

Author : Christopher Blake

In joint work with Dr. Joshua Hess and Dr. Danna Thomas of the University of South Carolina, I recently published a study on the effects of recreational marijuana legalization on the quantity and quality of college applications. The abstract for this work is: 

Using a two-way fixed effects difference-in-differences model, we investigate the effects of local recreational marijuana (RMJ) policy changes on college applications and find that the three largest state public schools reaped, on average, an almost 54% increase in applications. This increase does not appear to come solely from low-ability students as both first and third quartiles of admitted student composite SAT scores to the largest three public schools do not decrease. Rather, they both increase by almost 3.8% though these estimates are not statistically significant. Robust difference-in-difference and event study models support the signs and magnitudes of these gains and show they diminish over time.

For more details, check out the link to the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1111/coep.12633!


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