Why are There so Few Breweries in the South?

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Stephan Gohmann

University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics

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Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

Most southern states have fewer breweries per population than the rest of the country. This paper examines why. The main outcome is that in the South, the number of breweries is negatively associated with higher campaign contributions from big breweries, the number of beer distributors per capita, and the Southern Baptist adherence rate. In the nonā€South, these associations are insignificant or positive. The limited number of breweries in the South follows the idea of bootleggers and Baptists where those who gain economically from limited competition - large breweries and distributors - side with groups morally opposed to alcohol to keep breweries out.

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Gohmann, Stephan, Why are There so Few Breweries in the South? (September 2016). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 40, Issue 5, pp. 1071-1092, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2834155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12162

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University of Louisville - College of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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