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Title:West-East convergence in the prevalence of illicit drugs: socioeconomics or culture? PDF Logo
Authors:Tauchmann, Harald
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Ruhr economic papers 61
Abstract:In contrast to West-Germany, illicit drugs were virtually absent in East-Germany until 1990. Yet, after the collapse of the former GDR, East-Germany was expected to encounter a sharp increase in the prevalence of substance abuse. By analyzing individual data, we find that East-Germany largely caught up with West-Germany's ever-growing prevalence of illicit drugs within a single decade. We decompose the west-east difference in prevalence rates into an explained and an unexplained part using a modified Blinder-Oaxaca procedure. This decomposition suggests that the observed convergence is just weakly related to socioeconomic characteristics and therefore remains mainly unexplained. That is, West- and East-Germans seem to have become more alike per se. We conclude that both parts of the country have converged in terms of the culture of drug consumption.
Subjects:Illicit drugs
west-east convergence
decomposition
JEL:I12
P36
P23
ISBN:978-3-86788-064-0
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Ruhr Economic Papers, RWI
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