Global Alcohol Markets: Evolving Consumption Patterns, Regulations and Industrial Organizations

55 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2018

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Kym Anderson

University of Adelaide - Centre for International Economic Studies (CIES); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Australian National University

Giulia Meloni

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Johan Swinnen

University of Leuven

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Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

For millennia alcoholic drinks have played an important role in food security and health (both positive and negative), but consumption patterns of beer, wine and spirits have altered substantially over the past two centuries. So too have their production technologies and industrial organization. Globalization and economic growth have contributed to considerable convergence in national alcohol consumption patterns. The industrial revolution contributed to excess consumption by stimulating demand and lowering the cost of alcohol. It also led to concentration in some alcohol industries, expecially brewing. In recent years the emergence of craft producers has countered firm concentration and the homogenization of alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, governments have intervened extensively in alcohol markets to reduce excessive consumption, raise taxes, protect domestic industries and/or ensure competition. These regulations have contributed to, and been affected by, evolving patterns of consumption and changing structures of alcohol industries.

Keywords: Alcohol and health, Beverage firm concentration, Convergence of national beverage consumption mix, Globalization of preferences, Restrictions on alcohol consumption and production

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kym and Meloni, Giulia and Swinnen, Johan, Global Alcohol Markets: Evolving Consumption Patterns, Regulations and Industrial Organizations (February 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12758. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3134409

Kym Anderson (Contact Author)

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Giulia Meloni

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

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Johan Swinnen

University of Leuven ( email )

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