Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

by Jeffrey A. Miron
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Independent Institute, The
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Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition

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.

About the Author:
Jeffrey A. Miron is a professor of economics at Boston University. He is the author of Drug War Heresies, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed, and Smoke and Mirrors. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Boston Business Journal, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, and London Guardian. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945999904
Publisher: Independent Institute, The
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction,
Chapter 2 The Economic Analysis of Drug Prohibition,
Chapter 3 The Effect of Drug Prohibition on Drug Consumption: Evidence from Alcohol Prohibition,
Chapter 4 Prohibitions and Violence,
Chapter 5 Is Prohibition Good Policy?,
Chapter 6 Alternatives to Prohibition and Other Policies Toward Drugs,
Chapter 7 Conclusion,
About the Author,

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