Iron law of prohibition
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The iron law of prohibition is a term coined by Richard Cowan which states that "the more intense the law enforcement, the more potent the prohibited substance becomes." This law is an application of the Alchian–Allen effect.
- Mark Thornton, "The Potency of Marijuana", Working Paper, Auburn University, Fall 1983.
- Mark Thornton, "The Potency of Illegal Drugs", Working Paper, Auburn University, Spring 1986.
- Richard Cowan, "How the Narcs Created Crack", National Review, December 5, 1986, pp. 30–31.
- Mark Thornton, "The Economics of Prohibition", Dissertation, Auburn University, Fall 1989.
- Mark Thornton, "Alcohol Prohibition was a Failure", Policy Analysis, Washington DC: Cato Institute, 1991.
- Mark Thornton, The Economics of Prohibition, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1991.
- Harry Lavine and Craig Reinarman, "From Prohibition to Regulation," Milbank Quarterly, v. 69, no. 2, 1991.
- Robert B. Ekelund, "The Union Blockade Versus Demoralization of the South: Relative Prices in the Confederacy", Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 4, 1992.
- Mark Thornton, "The Potency of Illegal Drugs", Journal of Drug Issues, Vol. 28 No. 3, (Summer 1998) pp. 725-740
- Mark Thornton, "What Explains Crystal Meth?" Mises Daily, January 20, 2011.
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