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The Effect of Drug Prohibition on Drug Prices: Evidence from the Markets for Cocaine and Heroin

Jeffrey A. Miron

NBER Working Paper No. 9689
Issued in May 2003
NBER Program(s):   HE

This paper examines the effect of drug prohibition on the black market prices of cocaine and heroin. The paper examines the ratio of retail to farmgate price for cocaine, heroin, and several legal goods, and it compares legal versus black market prices for cocaine and heroin. The results suggest that cocaine and heroin are substantially more expensive than they would be in a legalized market, but to a lesser degree than suggested in previous research.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9689

Published: Miron, Jeffrey A. "The Effect Of Drug Prohibition On Drug Prices: Evidence From The Markets For Cocaine And Heroin," Review of Economics and Statistics, 2003, v85(3,Aug), 522-530.

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