Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

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Independent Institute, 2004 - Business & Economics - 109 pages
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"A balanced and sophisticated analysis of the true costs, benefits, and consequences of enforcing drug prohibition is presented in this book. Miron argues that prohibition's effects on drug use have been modest and that prohibition has numerous side effects, most of them highly undesirable. In particular, prohibition is shown to directly increase violent crime, even in cases where it deters drug use. Miron's analysis leads to a disturbing finding—the more resources given to the fight against drugs, the greater the homicide rate. The costs and benefits of several alternatives to the war on drugs are examined. The conclusion is unequivocal and states that any of the most widely discussed alternatives is likely to be a substantial improvement over current policy."

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It always bothers me when a book whose conclusion I agree with is so badly written. I think the conclusion is good, but the way the author got there is clunky and suspect. For example, these ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sam Banchowski - Goodreads

An interesting evaluation of the consequences of prohibition from an economic perspective. Draws on recent international data (where available), as well as US alcohol prohibition-era data, to make the ... Read full review


The Economic Analysis of Drug Prohibition
The Effect of Drug Prohibition

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Jeffrey A. Miron is professor of economics at Boston University.

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