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Regulating Vice

Regulating Vice
Misguided Prohibitions and Realistic Controls


  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521880466

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  • Regulating Vice provides a new, interdisciplinary lens for examining vice policy, and focuses that lens on traditional vices such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, gambling, and commercial sex. Regulating Vice argues that public policies toward addictive activities should work well across a broad array of circumstances, including situations in which all participants are fully informed and completely rational, and other situations in which vice-related choices are marked by self-control lapses or irrationality. This precept rules out prohibitions of most private adult vice, and also rules out unfettered access to substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine. Sin taxes, advertising restrictions, buyer and seller licensing, and treatment subsidies are all potentially legitimate components of balanced vice policies. Regulating Vice brings a sophisticated and rigorous analysis to vice control issues, an analysis that applies to prostitution as well as drugs, to tobacco as well as gambling, while remaining accessible to a broad social science audience.

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    'Leitzel focuses on public policy towards traditional vices such as alcohol, nicotine, drugs, gambling and commercial sex. He explains why vice prohibitions are generally misguided, and also describes the dangers of unfettered access to alcohol, cocaine or heroin.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521880466
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.526kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The harm principle
    2. Addiction: rational and otherwise
    3. The robustness principle
    4. Prohibition
    5. Taxation, licensing, and advertising controls
    6. Commercial sex
    7. The internet and vice
    8. Free trade and federalism
    Appendix: vice statistics

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Criminal Law and the Regulation of Vice
    • Economics of Crime
    • Regulation of Vice
    • Vice and Drug Control
  • Author

    Jim Leitzel, University of Chicago
    Jim Leitzel teaches public policy and economics at the University of Chicago. He received his PhD in economics from Duke University; he has taught at Vanderbilt University and Duke University, and served as the Academic Coordinator at the New Economic School in Moscow. Professor Leitzel has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy based at the Department of Economics of the University of Essex. His research has concerned areas such as transition economics, gun control, and law and economics, and his previous books include Russian Economic Reform and The Political Economy of Rule Evasion and Policy Reform. Professor Leitzel works with the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) in the former Soviet Union and the Bridging Research and Policy program of the Global Development Network (GDN). He is the founding member of Vice Squad (, a blog devoted to vice policy.

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