'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, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
'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, UCLA, Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, and 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, University of Chicago
Do marijuana users cut back on consumption when the price rises? To what degree is marijuana consumption related to drinking and tobacco usage? This book applies the economic approach to drugs to analyse consumption, pricing and the economics of legalising the use of marijuana.