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Bowling alone, drinking together

Paolo Buonanno and Paolo Vanin ()

Empirical Economics, 2013, vol. 44, issue 3, 1635-1672

Abstract: This paper investigates to what extent youth alcohol consumption depends on consumption patterns by other household members and on social interactions outside the household. Exploiting the richness of the data, we explore the possibility of asymmetric social influences by gender and by age, the differences between use and abuse and among different types of alcohol consumption (beer, wine and spirits). Moreover, we control for contextual effects, such as variables related to neighbourhood and family background. We find that both the drinking intensity by other household members and a richer social life outside home are positively related to alcohol consumption. We also find that siblings are more influential than parents, that the mother is more influential for females and the father for males. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

Keywords: Social relations; Social interaction; Family; Alcohol consumption; Binge drinking; Youth; C21; D12; I12; Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1007/s00181-012-0585-1

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