The Passive Drinking Effect: A Collective Demand Application
30 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: April 23, 2012
This paper investigates whether consumption of alcoholic beverages has a passive effect on the distribution of resources among household members. The term passive drinking evokes the negative impact that the drinking behavior of a household member may have on other household members' well-being. To investigate this issue we rely on the collective framework and estimate a structural collective demand system using Italian micro data. The results show that a high level of alcohol consumption of one household member significantly affects the allocation of household resources and may have quasi-external effects. Public costs that are transferred to other household members should be taken into account when designing social policies.
Keywords: Collective model, Demand system, Alcohol consumption, Passive drinking
JEL Classification: C31, C34, C51, D12, D13
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