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ERIC Number: EJ746495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Welfare Checks, Drug Consumption, and Health: Evidence from Vancouver Injection Drug Users
Riddell, Chris; Riddell, Rosemarie
Journal of Human Resources, v41 n1 p138-161 Win 2006
This paper investigates the link between welfare payments and drug use among injection drug users. The authors find an increase in the likelihood of an overdose in the days following check arrival, and in the probability of leaving the hospital against medical advice (AMA) on check day. Using the check arrival date as an instrument, we estimate the Local Average Treatment Effect of leaving AMA on subsequent readmission and the probability of a drug overdose. The results indicate that, for individuals influenced by check day, leaving AMA leads to readmission much sooner than planned discharge, longer subsequent stays in the hospital, and a substantial increase in the probability of a drug overdose.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Vancouver)