Urban 11-18

Urban 11-18 - Urban Economics Lecture 11-18 Drugs and Guns:...

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Urban Economics Lecture 11-18 Drugs and Guns: 1- Benefits and harms 2- Rules vs. taxes 3- W o D 4- Gun policies 5- Technology Benefits and Harms: guns do terrible things, also have benefits drugs do terrible things, also have benefits guns have benefits if you want to go hunting, sports use of shooting, useful in deterring crime costs in terms of accidents, substantial number of gun accidents, can be used to illegal purposes such as stealing and killing -alcohol in cities about 20% of alcohol sold in this country is sold to corporations link alcohol to many types of social problems linked to crime, traffic accidents, domestic violence health consequences there are external costs- good arguments for regulating alcohol -heroine addictive does not cause accidents causes you to sleep that sort of external cost is not there -marijuana can cause bad driving some evidence on lung cancer useful: some health benefits, medical marijuana -cocaine stimulant makes people work harder- developed by the Swiss or German army to keep soldiers
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course ECON 4228 taught by Professor O'flaherty during the Spring '11 term at Columbia.

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Urban 11-18 - Urban Economics Lecture 11-18 Drugs and Guns:...

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