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Trading apples for oranges?: Results of an experiment on the effects of Heroin and Cocaine price changes on addicts' polydrug use

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  • Jofre-Bonet, Mireia
  • Petry, Nancy M.

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This paper studies polydrug use patterns in Heroin and Cocaine addicts from experiments measuring drug elasticities during changes in Heroin and Cocaine prices. Heroin addicts' demand for Heroin is inelastic; Cocaine, Marijuana, and Alcohol are complements, and Valium and Cigarettes are substitutes for Heroin. Heroin addicts' demand for Cocaine is inelastic; Marijuana and Valium are substitutes, and Alcohol is a complement. Cocaine addicts' demand for Cocaine is elastic; complements are Heroin and Alcohol, and substitutes are Marijuana and Valium. Cocaine addicts' demand for Heroin is inelastic; Alcohol is a complement while Cocaine, Marijuana and Valium are substitutes.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 66 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 281-311

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:66:y:2008:i:2:p:281-311

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