Response to the National Research Council's Assessment of RAND's Controlling Cocaine Study

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In 1999, a scientific committee assembled under the auspices of the National Research Council issued a critique of RAND's 1994 Controlling Cocaine report. The committee concluded, [T]he findings of the RAND study do not constitute a persuasive basis for the formation of cocaine control policy. In the current document, RAND's Drug Policy Research Center rebuts the committee's claim. The Center shows that most of the committee's criticisms rest on an incomplete understanding of the model used in the RAND report or ...

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Overview

In 1999, a scientific committee assembled under the auspices of the National Research Council issued a critique of RAND's 1994 Controlling Cocaine report. The committee concluded, [T]he findings of the RAND study do not constitute a persuasive basis for the formation of cocaine control policy. In the current document, RAND's Drug Policy Research Center rebuts the committee's claim. The Center shows that most of the committee's criticisms rest on an incomplete understanding of the model used in the RAND report or do not result in important changes in the findings based on the model. The two remaining criticisms are that the data on cocaine treatment effectiveness are not adequate to support modeling and that the mode of price transmission down the cocaine production pipeline may be different from that assumed. The Center acknowledges these points as potentially valid but holds that models need not have negligible probability of error to be useful as decision aids.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780833029119
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/19/2000
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Summary
Figure and Tables
Introduction 1
Estimates of Effects of Drug Treatment Programs on Cocaine Use 1
Modeling the Supply of Cocaine 4
Shape of the Average Cost Curve 4
Supply Control Policies and Average Production Costs 11
Seizures as a Measure of Supply-Control Activity 11
Nonprice Effects of Supply-Control Activities 13
Modeling the Demand for Cocaine 15
The Price Elasticity of Demand 15
The Complex Response of Cocaine Consumption to Prices 16
Evaluating the Reliability of the Model 18
Notes 21
References 25
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