Models Pertaining to How Drug Policy Should Vary Over the Course of a Drug Epidemic

Published in: Björn Lindgren, Michael Grossman (ed.) Substance Use: Individual Behaviour, Social Interactions, Markets and Politics (Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2005, p.397-429

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Jonathan P. Caulkins

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The goals of this chapter are three-fold: 1) to outline some broad empirical regularities concerning how drug problems evolve over time, 2) to sketch some plausible mechanisms for ways in which aspects of that variation might be endogenous, and 3) to review two classes of dynamic models of drug use that have implications for how policy should vary over a drug epidemic.

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