The Mechanisms of Alcohol Control

78 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2014

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Christopher S. Carpenter

Vanderbilt University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Carlos Dobkin

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics

Casey Warman

Dalhousie University


A substantial economics literature documents that tighter alcohol controls reduce alcohol related harms, but far less is known about mechanisms. We use the universe of Canadian mortality records to document that Canada's Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) significantly reduces mortality rates of young men but has much smaller effects on women. Using drinking data that are far more detailed than in prior work, we document that the MLDA substantially reduces 'extreme' drinking among men but not women. Our results suggest that alcohol control efforts targeting young adults should focus on reducing extreme drinking behavior.

Keywords: alcohol control, MLDA, mechanisms

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Christopher S. and Dobkin, Carlos and Warman, Casey, The Mechanisms of Alcohol Control. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8720, Available at SSRN: or

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Carlos Dobkin

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics ( email )

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Casey Warman

Dalhousie University ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5

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