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Going after the addiction, not the addicted : the impact of drug decriminalization in Portugal / Sónia Félix (Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Banco de Portugal), Pedro Portugal (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Banco de Portugal and IZA), Ana Tavares (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFélix, Sónia ; Portugal, Pedro In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Tavares, Ana
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, July 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10895
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-136174 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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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.