Identifying Demand Responses to Illegal Drug Supply Interdictions
AbstractThe optimality of supply interventions for addictive drugs is a function of demand responses to price, enforcement costs, and the relative size of external costs. Researchers need credible estimates of demand responses, but most research designs use price series affected by law enforcement actions. We present plausibly causal estimates of the price elasticities of demand for various drugs when enforcement costs are relatively low. We exploit arguably exogenous shocks to methamphetamine supplies to identify the effect of methamphetamine prices on demand for methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Methamphetamine demand is price inelastic with substantial substitution to other drugs.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Tulane University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1312.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
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illegal drugs; addiction; demand; substitution; War on Drugs; methamphetamine;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
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- NEP-ALL-2013-03-30 (All new papers)
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