COBE lecture delves into the economics of drug prohibition

Audrey Redford, an assistant economics professor at Western Carolina University, will speak about the “Economics of Drug Prohibition,” Feb. 8 at Radford University.

Redford’s lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the College of Business and Economics’ (COBE) Kyle Hall room 340. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Economics is Everywhere lecture series, sponsored by the university’s Department of Economics.

Redford’s research illustrates the dynamics of interventionism in U.S. drug policy. Federal intervention into the narcotics markets during the late 19th century and into the 20th century’s war on drugs have led to a number of unintended consequences.

Redford’s work explores how unintended consequences may lead to issues that call for the creation of other interventionist policies in order to compensate for the outcomes of previous policies.

The Economics is Everywhere program launched at Radford University during the Spring 2015 semester. As part of the initiative, students attend lectures from economics experts and participate in a semester-long book club.

To learn more, contact Thomas Duncan at 540-831-6057 or

Jan 18, 2017
Chad Osborne