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May 17, 2013 8:35 AM Unravelling the Roots of the Upsurge of Criminal Violence in Mexico

Illegal drug trafficking is not inherently violent. The horrific surge of violence that began in Mexico in 2006 thus requires some specific explanation.The most common account is that when President Calderon turned the force of the state on to organized...

By Keith Humphreys

December 17, 2012 11:02 AM The Expiration of The U.S. Assault Weapons Ban Increased Homicides in Mexico

That is the key conclusion from a recent working paper (pdf, ungated) by Arindrajit Dube (UMass), Oeindrila Dube (NYU) and Omar Garcia Ponce (NYU): Does access to arms promote violent crime? We exploit a natural experiment induced by the 2004 expiration of...

By Erik Voeten

November 13, 2012 9:38 AM State-level Cannabis Legalization and U.S.-Mexican Relations

Studying drug policy is no fun if you like things to make sense. But it’s a good way to cultivate an appreciation of the absurd.The United States consumes large amounts of cocaine, cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine, most of which enters...

By Mark Kleiman

July 25, 2012 8:52 AM Mexican Marijuana and Blood Diamonds

Greg Campbell’s comparison of marijuana smokers to buyers of blood diamonds (h/t Andrew Sullivan) is hardly original: the Partnership for a Drug-Free America ran a series of ads on this theme a decade or more ago, one of them showing...

By Mark Kleiman

July 03, 2012 8:47 AM The 2012 Mexican Election Report: Return to the Past or Back to the Future?

The following post-election report was prepared by Marco A. Morales, a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. In addition to his graduate work in political science, Morales has also served as a public official under...

By Joshua Tucker