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Economics and Marijuana
Consumption, Pricing and Legalisation

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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521884952

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  • Do marijuana users cut back on consumption when the price rises? To what degree is marijuana consumption related to drinking and tobacco usage? What would happen if marijuana were legalised and taxed in the same way as alcohol and tobacco? Is marijuana priced in a similar way to other goods? Economics and Marijuana deals with these and other questions by drawing on a rich set of data concerning the consumption and pricing of marijuana in Australia, a country where the drug has been decriminalised in some, but not all, states. The book applies the economic approach to drugs to analyse consumption, pricing and the economics of legalising the use of marijuana. The result is a fascinating analysis of this widely used, but little understood illicit drug that provides much needed information and policy advice for a wide range of readers, including economists, policy makers and health professionals.

    • One of the first scholarly books to apply the economic approach to drugs to analyse consumption, pricing and the economics of legalising the use of marijuana
    • Explores the relationship between marijuana and other legal 'drugs' such as alcohol and tobacco
    • Draws on a uniquely rich set of data on the consumption and production of marijuana in Australia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This study applies serious economics to the analysis of alternative public marijuana policies. Notably, it carefully explores the option of taxing marijuana, which opens the whole range between absolute legal prohibition and outright legalisation without tax. It approaches the material with a high level of scientific objectivity and analytical rigor, and should become a central reference for future policy discussions.” - Arnold C. Harberger, Distinguished Professor of Economics, UCLA, Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, Past President of the American Economic Association

    “This volume reports on a highly comprehensive study of the Australian market for marijuana. The analysis is both very sophisticated and broad based, ranging from estimates of the price elasticity of demand, to the pricing model for marijuana in Australia, and to the consequences of legalising (but taxing) the drug. It is strongly recommended (if not required) reading for anyone interested in the workings of markets for illegal goods and services, and especially for anyone contemplating empirical research in this area.” - Larry A. Sjaastad, Professor Emeritus in Economics and the College, The University of Chicago

    “Ken Clements and Xueyan Zhao do a marvellous job in analysing and explaining the many factors that affect the demand for marijuana, the way it is priced, and the issues arising from legalising this illicit drug. If you were not convinced that economists can improve our understanding of the social problems arising from the use of marijuana, you will be convinced after reading this book.” - Paul De Grauwe, Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521884952
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    1. Introduction

  • Authors

    Kenneth W. Clements, University of Western Australia, Perth
    Kenneth W. Clements is Professor of Economics at the University of Western Australia Business School.

    Xueyan Zhao, Monash University, Victoria
    Xueyan Zhao is Associate Professor of Econometrics in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University, Australia.

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