Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90588
Authors: 
Ibanez, Marcela
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 148
Abstract: 
The intense debate on the effectiveness of the war on drugs contrasts with the lack of empirical evidence on its impacts. To evaluate the effectiveness of control-supply policies, we use micro data from an original survey with farmers living in a coca growing area in Colombia. We find that while eradication and alternative development decrease coca supply, the elasticity of supply of these policies is rather low. The efficiency of anti-drug policies could be increased by investing more in alternative development and less in eradication. Our analysis suggests that changing people's attitudes toward coca can be a promising alternative in the fight against drugs.
Subjects: 
Coca
Colombia
War on Drugs
Morality
JEL: 
D81
G11
K42
Z12
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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