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Getting high on the market: Stock price movements, drug abuse, and health implications

by Tomasz Piotr Wisniewski a  and  Brendan John Lambe b,* orcid
Department of Accounting and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
College of Business, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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FEL  2023, 13; 2(2), 13;
Received: 6 September 2023 / Accepted: 27 September 2023 / Published Online: 25 October 2023


Using an international dataset, this letter finds that high stock returns are associated with increased death rates from drug use disorders. Although the out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare also rises following a stock market surge, the net effect on life expectancy is significantly negative.

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Wisniewski, T. P.; Lambe, B. J. Getting high on the market: Stock price movements, drug abuse, and health implications. Financial Economics Letters, 2023, 2, 13.
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Wisniewski T P, Lambe B J. Getting high on the market: Stock price movements, drug abuse, and health implications. Financial Economics Letters; 2023, 2(2):13.
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