Dynamics of Intervention in the War on Drugs: The Build-Up to the Harrison Act of 1914

The Independent Review, Spring 2016

32 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2014 Last revised: 15 May 2016

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Audrey Redford

Western Carolina University - College of Business

Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Date Written: May 15, 2015

Abstract

The economics literature cites the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 as the start of the War on Drugs. With few exceptions, the literature fails to explain the dynamic nature of interventionism. This paper uses a dynamic model of interventionism to show that state and federal legislation passed in the late 19th century produced unintended consequences that ultimately led to the passage of the Harrison Act.

Keywords: B53, L51, N41

JEL Classification: dynamics of intervention, Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, smoking opium

Suggested Citation

Redford, Audrey and Powell, Benjamin, Dynamics of Intervention in the War on Drugs: The Build-Up to the Harrison Act of 1914 (May 15, 2015). The Independent Review, Spring 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2533166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2533166

Audrey Redford

Western Carolina University - College of Business ( email )

United States

Benjamin Powell (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute ( email )

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Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

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