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When the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, it inadvertently created one of the most successful black markets in the world. Tim Harford considers how much it costs to make something illegal, and what a failed law reveals about the way criminals make their money.

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Mon 7 Oct 2019 03:50GMT

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Two men pouring alcohol down a drain during prohibition in the US (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


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