Zoutman and Gavrilova-Zoutman awarded for best paper
Associate Professors at the Department of Business and Management Science, Floris Zoutman and Evelina Gavrilova-Zoutman, awarded for article on legalizing medical marijuana.
Associate Professors Floris Zoutman and Evelina Gavrilova-Zoutman at the Department of Business and Management Science is awarded the 2019 Austin Robinson Memorial Prize. The prestigious award is presented by the Royal Economic Society.
‘We are very honored to have been awarded this prize. The Economic Journal is one of the top journals in economics. We are proud that the jury considers our paper to be the best papers in the Economic Journal among young authors.’ says Floris Zoutman.
The Austin Robinson Memorial Prize if awarded annually for the best paper published in the Economic Journal by scientists who are within five years of receiving their PhDs. The prize is awarded by the Managing Editors of the Economic Journal.
Zoutman and Gavrilova-Zoutman is awarded for the article “Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organisations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime”. The article is written in collaboration with Takuma Kamada.
Less violent crime with legalization
Zoutman, Gavrilova-Zoutman and Kamada studies if legalization of medical marijuana has the potential for combatting violent crime along the US - Mexican border. The paper compares US states that introduce medical marijuana laws with those that do not.
‘Our paper shows that Medical Marijuana Laws reduce violent crime in US states on the Mexican border by about 12.5 percent. The effect is strongest in the counties closest to the Mexican border, and in crimes that relate to drug trafficking. Overall, our results are consistent with the idea that medical marijuana laws reduce systemic drug violence.’ says Floris Zoutman.