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Cocaine production and trafficking : what do we know ?
 
Author:Mejia, Daniel; Posada, Carlos Esteban; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4618
Country:World; Date Stored:2008/05/13
Document Date:2008/05/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Economic Theory & Research; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Crime and SocietyLanguage:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS4618
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: The main purpose of this paper is to summarize the information currently available on cocaine production and trafficking. The paper starts by describing the available data on cocaine production and trade, the collection methodologies (if available) used by different sources, the main biases in the data, and the accuracy of different data sources. Next, it states some of the key empirical questions and hypotheses regarding cocaine production and trade and takes a first look at how well the data match these hypotheses. The paper states some of the main puzzles in the cocaine market and studies some of the possible explanations. These puzzles and empirical questions should guide future research on the key determinants of illicit drug production and trafficking. Finally, the paper studies the different policies that producer countries have adopted to fight against cocaine production and the role consumer countries play in the implementation of anti-drug policies.

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