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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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  • Jofre-Bonet, Mireia & Petry, Nancy M., 2008. "Trading apples for oranges?: Results of an experiment on the effects of Heroin and Cocaine price changes on addicts' polydrug use," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 281-311, May.
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