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Drugs and Growth-Efficient Prevention: An Inter-temporal Portfolio of Machos, Narcos and Angels

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In many countries substance abuse is a social epidemic. This paper deals conceptually with some macroeconomic aspects of widespread substance abuse with special reference to narcotic drugs. The labour force is divided into non-using and therefore fully productive workers, a number of whom are employed by the government in drug-use prevention, and only partially productive drug users. An efficient management of the nation’s portfolio of workers is taken to be the trajectory of drug-prevention that maximises the present value of the stream of the disposable national incomes.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia in its series Economics Working Papers with number wp03-09.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:uow:depec1:wp03-09

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Keywords: Substance abuse; labour productivity; national income;

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