Breaking the crystal methamphetamine economy: illegal drugs, supply-side interventions, and crime responses

d'Este, Rocco (2019) Breaking the crystal methamphetamine economy: illegal drugs, supply-side interventions, and crime responses. Economica. ISSN 0013-0427 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the effects on crime of supply-side interventions that restricted access to pseudoephedrine-based medications in the United States, drastically reducing the domestic production of methamphetamine. I find that these government interventions increased property and violent crime by around 3% to 4%, with criminogenic effects lasting for up to seven months. Stronger evidence is detected in counties where labs producing methamphetamine were previously in operation. My findings suggest that policy interventions that have a limited effect on supply and no impact on the demand for drugs could open up the way to unwarranted crime responses. Timely policy implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Rocco d-Este
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 08:27
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 08:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86751

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