Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

The Legal Market for Marijuana: Evidence on Tax Incidence, and the Elasticity of Demand from WA

A central question surrounding the legalization of marijuana is the rate at which it should be taxed.  This paper speaks to this question by estimating the price elasticity of demand for marijuana in the legal market by exploiting a tax change in Washington state. To this end we use administrative records from Washington that record each step in the cultivation, production, and sale of marijuana.  Use these rich administrative records, we study the responses of growers, processors, and retailers in response to the tax shift. The detailed administrative records allow us to study the tax incidence at each step in the supply chain. We utilize these policy responses to estimate the elasticity of demand for legal marijuana.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.
Contact Information:

Teresa Kabat

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 118
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Benjamin Hansen, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Sponsored by: Economics Department


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