Violence and the U.S. Prohibitions of Drugs and Alcohol

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Jeffrey A. Miron

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Abstract

This paper examines the relation between prohibitions and violence, using the historical behavior of the homicide rate in the United States. The results document that increases in enforcement of drug and alcohol prohibition have been associated with increases in the homicide rate, and auxiliary evidence suggests this positive correlation reflects a causal effect of prohibition enforcement on homicide. Controlling for other potential determinants of the homicide rate does not alter the conclusion that drug and alcohol prohibition have substantially raised the homicide rate in the U.S. over much of the past 100 years.

Suggested Citation

Miron, Jeffrey A., Violence and the U.S. Prohibitions of Drugs and Alcohol. American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 78-114, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=874153

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