The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Occupational Attainment in England

41 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2000

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Michael A. Shields

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ziggy MacDonald

University of Leicester - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2000

Abstract

In this study we provide evidence on the effect of alcohol consumption on occupational attainment in England. To do this we use samples of employees from the Health Survey for England between 1992 and 1996. We find that due to the endogenous nature of alcohol consumption, OLS estimates may provide a biased picture of the impact of alcohol consumption on occupational attainment. Using various sets of instrumental variables, we find positive and significant returns to moderate levels of drinking for male and female employees which drop-off rapidly as consumption increases.

Keywords: Alcohol, occupational attainment, endogeneity

JEL Classification: J24

Suggested Citation

Shields, Michael A. and MacDonald, Ziggy, The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Occupational Attainment in England (June 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=250109 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.250109

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