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Malleability of Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from Migrants

Marit Hinnosaar () and Elaine Liu ()
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Elaine Liu: University of Houston

No 2022-020, Working Papers from Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group

Abstract: How malleable is alcohol consumption? Specifically, how much is alcohol consumption driven by the current environment versus individual characteristics? To answer this question, we analyze changes in alcohol purchases when consumers move from one state to another in the United States. We find that if a household moves to a state with a higher (lower) average alcohol purchases than the origin state, the household is likely to increase (decrease) its alcohol purchases right after the move. The current environment explains about two-thirds of the differences in alcohol purchases. The adjustment takes place both on the extensive and intensive margins.

Keywords: alcohol; geographic variation; migration; taxes; regulation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 I12 L66 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-mig and nep-ure
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