Effects of Suppression Policy in a Market for Heroin: A Natural Quasi-Experiment

14 Pages Posted: 12 May 2011  

Norman Braun

University Munich - Department of Sociology (Deceased)

Roger Berger

University of Leipzig - Department of Sociology

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper focuses on the observable market effects of a more severe suppression of hard drug supply by the police. After surveying 624 regular heroin users in the Swiss cities of Bern and Zurich in a standardized way, the suppression policy had been intensified in Bern. To study the consequences of the policy change, the survey was repeated in both cities which resulted in another 419 standardized interviews. The results of this natural quasi experiment suggest that a more repressive practice of law enforcement agencies does not necessarily have the intended effects for central variables (e.g., price and quality of drugs, number of drug dealers) at the retail level of the illicit market.

Keywords: demand for heroin, heroin price, suppression, evaluation of drug policy

JEL Classification: C61, D81, D84

Suggested Citation

Braun, Norman and Berger, Roger, Effects of Suppression Policy in a Market for Heroin: A Natural Quasi-Experiment (January 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754637 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1754637

Norman Braun

University Munich - Department of Sociology (Deceased) ( email )

Konradstrasse 6
Munich, 80801
Germany

Roger David Berger (Contact Author)

University of Leipzig - Department of Sociology ( email )

Beethovenstr. 15
Leipzig, 04107
Germany

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