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Bowling Alone, Drinking Together

Paolo Buonanno and Paolo Vanin ()

No 55, "Marco Fanno" Working Papers from Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno"

Abstract: Alcohol consumption may be associated to a rich social life, but its abuse might be related to a poor social life. This paper investigates whether alcohol consumption is a socially enjoyed good (a complement of social relations) or a substitute for social relations. In particular, it explores whether the answer changes between use and abuse, beer, wine and spirits, youth and adults, controlling or not for family influence and unobserved heterogeneity, and for various forms of social relations. Controlling for a great number of covariates and allowing for non linear and identity-specific family interaction effects, we find that alcohol consumption is a socially enjoyed good.

Keywords: Social relations; Social interaction; Family; Alcohol consumption; Binge drinking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 D12 I12 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2007-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hap, nep-hea, nep-soc and nep-ure
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