Peter Reuter

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American criminologist

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Peter Reuter was born in 1944. He earned his B.A. from the University of New South Wales, and an M.Phil and Ph.D in economics from Yale University.

The majority of Reuter’s work has been studying drug policy and the illegal drug trade. From 1992 to 1997, Reuter conducted a national trial in Switzerland, in which pharmacological heroin was prescribed to people addicted to opioids such as Oxycontin, who hadn’t been helped by other methods. For this work, he was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. In fact, much of his research into drug enforcement methods has been conducted outside of the United States, due to regulatory restrictions that would hamper his work. His 1983 book, Disorganized Crime: The Economics of the Visible Hand was honored with the Leslie Wilkins award for the most outstanding book of the year in criminology and criminal justice.

Reuter is a professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. He still advises on drug policy, working with governments and police departments in Malaysia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the United States, among others. He was previously a senior economist for RAND Corporation and a founder and former director of RAND Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center.

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According to Wikipedia, Peter Reuter is an American criminologist and economist. He is a professor in both the School of Public Policy and in the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. In 2020, he was appointed University of Maryland Distinguished Professor. Since 1985, his research has focused mainly on alternative drug policies in the United States and Western Europe. In 1988, he was described by Peter Kerr of the New York Times as "one of the few economists who studies illegal drug markets."

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