Markets for Afghan Opium and Us Heroin: Modeling the Connections

  title={Markets for Afghan Opium and Us Heroin: Modeling the Connections},
  author={David Zetland},
This modeling project examines the short-run effects of a program wherein the United States becomes the primary buyer of opium produced in Afghanistan and thereby reduces the global supply of heroin (refined opium). The model graphically shows that supply-side intervention will result in a large decrease in short-run world heroin supply, as well as many beneficial side effects. The U.S. heroin market is neither adversely nor beneficially affected, despite a budget-neutral change in spending… CONTINUE READING

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