Heterogeneity in the Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Consumption – A Quantile Regression Approach

30 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2010

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Christoph M. Schmidt

RWI - Leibniz-Insitut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI Essen); Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Harald Tauchmann

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of whether the effect of parental drinking on children’s later consumption of alcohol – which is frequently found to be of positive sign – exhibits a certain pattern of heterogeneity. In particular, if this effect is more prominent in the upper tail than elsewhere in the distribution of children’s alcohol consumption, conventional regression analyses that focus on the mean effect may substantially underrate parental drinking as a risk factor for children’s later alcohol abuse. In our empirical application, we address this issue by applying censored quantile regression methods to German survey data. The supposed pattern of heterogeneity is indeed found in the data, at least for daily parental drinking. In addition, the intergenerational transmission of alcohol consumption exhibits gender-specific heterogeneity.

Keywords: Alcohol consumption, intergenerational transmission, heterogeneity, censored quantile regression

JEL Classification: C14, I12, J62

Suggested Citation

Schmidt, Christoph M. and Tauchmann, Harald, Heterogeneity in the Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Consumption – A Quantile Regression Approach (May 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1618244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1618244

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