Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223837
Authors: 
Ahammer, Alexander
Halla, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13395
Abstract: 
To address the opioid crisis, it is crucial to understand its origins. We provide evidence for the intergenerational transmission of opioid dependence. Our analysis is based on administrative data covering the universe of Austrian births from 1984 to 1990. We consider prescription opioids and have a close proxy for addiction to illicit opioids. We find that, if at least one parent is using illicit opioids, the likelihood of the child using increases from 1.1 to 6.1%. For prescription opioids, we observe an increase from 4.6 to 7.7%. Both associations are stable and do not change when controlling for environmental variables.
Subjects: 
opioids
prescription opioids
illicit opioids
heroin
addiction
drug abuse
intergenerational transmission
intergenerational correlation
JEL: 
I12
I14
I18
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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