Title

The Behavioral Economics of Drug Dependence: Towards the Consilience of Economics and Behavioral Neuroscience

Publication Title

Behavioral Neuroscience of Drug Addiction

Publication Date

2010

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

doi.org/10.1007/7854_2009_22

Keywords

Behavioral economics, Demand curve, Demand intensity, Price elasticity, Commodity interactions, Cross-price elasticity, Substitute-complement continuum, Delay discounting, Hyperbolic delay function, Preference reversals, Impulsivity, Temporal horizon, Past discounting, Neural correlates, Brain imaging, Competing neurobehavioral systems, Impulsive system, Executive system

Disciplines

Applied Behavior Analysis | Behavioral Economics | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Psychology

Abstract

In this chapter, we review the research in this growing field by first discussing the concepts related to price and consumption (demand), its applications to the study of drug consumption and drug seeking, and the impact of other commodities on drug consumption. We then review the discounting of future commodities and events among the addicted, review the most recent research examining the neural correlates of discounting, and describe and review the new theory of addiction that results from that research. We conclude by addressing the next research steps that these advances engender.

Publisher

Springer

Publisher Location

Heidelberg, Germany

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