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What's Legal and What's Not: The Regulation of Opiates in 1912

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This paper develops a model to explain state-level opiate regulation in 1912. The personal choice of whether to engage in mainstream or deviant activity is determined by consumption technology and market prices, and voting determines the legality of deviant behavior. Voting outcomes depend on population characteristics including diversity, tolerance, visibility of deviance, and the distribution of consumption efficiencies. A logit equation whose dependent variable is the presence of a state opiate prescription law is estimated. Results broadly support the collective choice model and disconfirm the role of interest groups, particularly physicians, in determining prescription regulation. Copyright 1992 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Michaels, Robert J, 1992. "What's Legal and What's Not: The Regulation of Opiates in 1912," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 30(4), pages 696-713, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:30:y:1992:i:4:p:696-713
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    1. Yang, Bijou & Lester, David, 1995. "New directions for economics," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 433-446.
    2. Potters, Jan & Sloof, Randolph, 1996. "Interest groups: A survey of empirical models that try to assess their influence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 12(3), pages 403-442, November.

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