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Recreational Drug Consumption

An Economic Perspective

  • Investigates recreational drug consumption, in particular illicit drugs

  • Provides empirical evidence on socio-economic and demographic determinants, decriminalization, and effectiveness of price policies

  • Establishes economic relationships across various licit and illicit drugs

  • Provides important insights on drinking patterns and the association between individuals’ drinking behavior and their earnings?


Part of the Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy book series (HEPP, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 1-7
  3. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 9-24
  4. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 25-44
  5. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 45-72
  6. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 73-97
  7. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 115-131
  8. Pratima Ramful Srivastava
    Pages 133-142
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 143-176

About this book


Recreational drug policies and regulations are complex issues with many dimensions. This book attempts to answer several questions raised in current drug policy debates. Developing cost-effective drug programs and policies require a sound knowledge of drug users and their characteristics and the relationship across drugs. Who are the drug users? Can demographic factors help towards predicting drug usage? What sub-population groups should be targeted for drug campaigns and educational programs? Can a drug policy aimed at discouraging the use of one drug likely affect the use of other drugs which are its economic substitutes or complements? What are the implications of drug use? Policymakers and researchers in the area of health and social development would find this book very useful.​


Decriminalization Demographics Drug policy Drug use Illicit drugs Recreational drugs

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics, Finance & MarketingRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Recreational Drug Consumption
  • Book Subtitle An Economic Perspective
  • Authors Pratima Ramful Srivastava
  • Series Title Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Develop.Health Economics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-02404-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34586-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-02405-9
  • Series ISSN 0927-4987
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 176
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Economics
    Social Policy
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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