Alcohol and other drugs

You are currently browsing the archive for the Alcohol and other drugs category.

Much has been made of a recent Gallup poll showing a majority of Americans now support marijuana legalization. But if a majority support legalization, why do politicians seem so reluctant to support drug law reform?

One explanation for this puzzle is that Americans who vote are less likely to support legalization than those who do not vote. Voters tend to be older, and possibly have other characteristics which are associated with opposition to drug policy reform.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

In Alabama it is illegal to sell “any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value.” You can’t legally sell a vibrator. This is an extreme example of morality legislation, laws against activities some people consider immoral merely because some people consider them immoral. Why are such laws on the books and how can we get rid of them?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

Earlier this week I posted an article on the Globe’s Economy Lab blog on lifestyle and health care costs. Here’s a little more exposition on a couple of key points, phrased a little more formally.
Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,

The movie Sideways impugned merlot and heaped praise on pinot noir. Did Sideways cause changes in market outcomes for these varietals?

In The Sideways Effect: A test of changes in demand for merlot and pinot noir wines Cuellar et al provide some econometric evidence. They look for post-Sideways price and quantity changes in merlot and pinot noir relative to the “control” varietal cabernet sauvignon using scan data from the U.S.

First consider quantities:

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,

Do reductions in enforcement of marijuana prohibition lead to more traffic accidents?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,

Copyright © 2017 M. Christopher Auld