Going after the Addiction, Not the Addicted: The Impact of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal
Pedro Portugal and
Ana Tavares ()
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Ana Tavares: Universidade Nova de Lisboa
No 10895, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This paper investigates the impact of drug decriminalization in Portugal using the Synthetic Control Method. The applied econometric methodology compares Portuguese drug-related variables with the ones extracted from a convex combination of similar European countries. The results suggest that a policy change implemented in Portugal contributed to a decrease in the number of heroine and cocaine seizures, a decrease in the number of offenses and drug-related deaths, and a decrease in the number of clients entering treatment. Moreover, the policy change contributed to a reduction in the incidence of drug addicts among HIV individuals.
Keywords: drug decriminalization policy; illicit drugs; synthetic control method (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D04 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
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