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

d'Este, Rocco (2020) Breaking the crystal methamphetamine economy: illegal drugs, supply-side interventions and crime responses. Economica, 8 (349). pp. 1-26. ISSN 0013-0427

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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 USA , drastically reducing the domestic production of methamphetamine. I find that these government interventions increased property and violent crime by around 3–4%, with criminogenic effects lasting for up to 7 months. Stronger evidence is detected in counties where laboratories 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: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Depositing User: Rocco d-Este
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 08:27
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 16:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86751

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