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The World Heroin MarketCan Supply Be Cut?$
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Letizia Paoli, Victoria A. Greenfield, and Peter Reuter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322996.001.0001

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The Contemporary Market

The Contemporary Market

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(p.41) 3 The Contemporary Market
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The World Heroin Market
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Letizia Paoli

Victoria A. Greenfield

Peter Reuter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322996.003.0003

This chapter characterizes the contemporary heroin market in terms of its major producers, traffickers, and consumers. It presents an overview of the contemporary world opiate market and supply-control programs and provides both a static portrait of the market and insight into its dynamics. Despite the apparent asymmetry of supply and demand there is little evidence of market control or power except possibly in the past actions of the Taliban and, to a much lesser extent, among some present-day traffickers. The evidence is more supportive of market segmentation, which has important implications for market adjustments and outcomes.

Keywords:   heroin market, heroin traffickers, opiate market, supply-control programs, market control, Taliban, market segmentation

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