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Xiuming Dong
''The impact of recreational marijuana sales legalization on workplace injuries''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.3 )
This paper estimates the impact of recreational marijuana sales legalization on workplace injuries. Using restricted-use Workers' Compensation claims as a proxy for injuries and a Difference-in-Differences model, I compare the injury rate before and after sales legalization for high recreational marijuana exposure counties to the same difference for low exposure counties in Oregon. My estimates suggest sales legalization increases workplace injuries. The event study result suggests the medium-term effects appear to equal the short-term effects. Finally, the effect is strongest for: young workers; male workers; construction and transportation occupations; and the increase in the injuries is mainly due to falling.
Keywords: recreational marijuana, marijuana legalization, workplace injuries
JEL: I1 - Health: General
J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor: General
Manuscript Received : Feb 20 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 30 2022

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