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The Case for Raising Alcohol Taxes

In an opinion piece for, German Lopez quotes Marron Professor Mark Kleiman on the crime reduction benefits of raising alcohol taxes.

“The single most effective thing you can to reduce crime right away is to raise the price of alcohol,” [Kleiman] told me. “If you talk either about crime policy or drug policy, that’s got to be the No. 1 recommendation — just because it’s so easy. It doesn’t cost you anything. You don’t have to kick in anybody’s door. You just have to change a number in the tax code and crime goes down.”

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