Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach

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Scott E. Carrell

University of California, Davis - Department of Economics

Mark Hoekstra

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Economics

James E. West

Baylor University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of alcohol consumption on student achievement. To do so, we exploit the discontinuity in drinking at age 21 at a college in which the minimum legal drinking age is strictly enforced. We find that drinking causes significant reductions in academic performance, particularly for the highest-performing students. This suggests that the negative consequences of alcohol consumption extend beyond the narrow segment of the population at risk of more severe, low-frequency, outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Carrell, Scott E. and Hoekstra, Mark and West, James E., Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach (September 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16330, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1672583

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