The Political Economy of Illicit Drugs in Latin America: Magnitude, Concepts and Public Policies

36 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2009 Last revised: 4 Oct 2009

Leandro Piquet Carneiro

University of Sao Paulo

Date Written: August 12, 2009

Abstract

What follows is a policy paper about the drug control policies carried by Latin American countries during the last three decades. The paper is organized in three parts. In part one I describe the recent changes in national and international illicit drugs’ regulations. The second part is dedicated to present available data on consumption, cultivation and production of illicit substances in order to allow an evaluation of the magnitude of the drug industry in the region. Part three portraits some examples of policies adopted by national governments to regulate illicit drugs markets.

Notes: Downloadable document is in Portuguese.

Keywords: Illicit drugs, crime control policies

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Carneiro, Leandro Piquet, The Political Economy of Illicit Drugs in Latin America: Magnitude, Concepts and Public Policies (August 12, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1472428 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1472428

Leandro Piquet Carneiro (Contact Author)

University of Sao Paulo ( email )

Brazil

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