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School of Public Policy Working Papers. Paper 52, Pepperdine University
October 31, 2014

Violence in Illicit Markets: Unintended Consequences and the Search for Paradoxical Effects of Enforcement
By James Prieger and Jonathan D. Kulick

While higher revenue and violence are unintended consequences of enforcement, the experience of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s showed that there can be paradoxical outcomes as well. That period was a time of greatly increased enforcement effort in the “War on Drugs” but also a time when the street prices of cocaine and heroin fell dramatically. That so much enforcement effort, which mostly targeted the supply chain, was coincident with sharply falling prices is therefore a puzzle......[citing TRAC research].

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