Last updated on: 6/12/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Joseph J. Sabia, PhD Biography

Title:
Assistant Professor of Economics at San Diego State University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Our results suggest that the legalization of medical marijuana is associated with a 5 percent decrease in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent decrease in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent decrease in the suicide rate of 30- through 39 year-old-males.”

Cowritten with Daniel I. Rees and D. Mark Anderson, “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide,” The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Discussion Paper Series, Jan. 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, San Diego State University, Aug. 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, United States Military Academy (West Point), Aug. 2010-July 2011
  • Assistant Professor of Public Policy, American University, Aug. 2008–Aug. 2010
  • Assistant Professor of Consumer Economics, University of Georgia, Aug. 2005–July 2008
  • Senior Analyst, Abt Associates, Aug. 2004–July 2005
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Cornell University, 2004
  • MS, Consumer Economics, Cornell University, 2000
  • BS, Policy Analysis, Cornell University, 1997
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Medical Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety, and Similar Mood Disorders?