An Empirical Study of Alcoholic Consumption and Labor Productivity in Japan

23 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2003

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Masayo Sato

National Institute of Population & Social Security Research

Yasushi Ohkusa

Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between labor productivity and alcohol consumption based on research conducted with a limited sample of workers who drink alcohol. Estimation results show that in the case of males, the amount of alcohol consumed significantly raises labor productivity, with an elasticity of approximately 0.13. In females, we cannot reach the firm conclusion. Conversely, the reverse relationship between labor productivity and alcohol consumption cannot be confirmed. Moreover, an awareness of appropriate alcohol consumption supports the sixth strategy of the Health Japan 21 policy, which is to reduce national alcohol consumption by about 20%.

Keywords: Alcoholic Consumption, Labor Productivity, Addiction, Income Effect, Health Promotion Policy, Health Japan 21, Policy Evaluation

JEL Classification: I12, I18, J31

Suggested Citation

Sato, Masayo and Ohkusa, Yasushi, An Empirical Study of Alcoholic Consumption and Labor Productivity in Japan (May 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=413641 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.413641

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