Genetic Variability, Economic Behavior and the Formation of Social Norms: The Case of European Alcohol Consumption

Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Discussion Paper No. 228

22 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2005

See all articles by Eric Naevdal

Eric Naevdal

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Jason F. Shogren

Department of Economics

Abstract

Alcohol consumption patterns vary across Europe. Northern Europeans frequently engage in excessive drinking in social situations (EDSS), behavior less common in southern Europe. We develop a model to explore whether these behavioral differences could be rooted in genetic variations across Europe and then compounded by social reinforcement mechanisms. Our results suggest conditions exist in which EDSS can emerge as a strategy in a larger fraction of the population than is genetically predisposed to EDSS. Implications for the current effort to harmonize alcohol policy across the European Union are explored.

Keywords: genetics, substance abuse, social norms, adaptive preferences

JEL Classification: I12, Z13

Suggested Citation

Naevdal, Eric and Shogren, Jason F., Genetic Variability, Economic Behavior and the Formation of Social Norms: The Case of European Alcohol Consumption. Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Discussion Paper No. 228. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=639045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.639045

Eric Naevdal (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1021
United States

Jason F. Shogren

Department of Economics ( email )

BU237
Laramie, WY 82071-3985
United States
307-766-5430 (Phone)
307-766-5090 (Fax)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
90
Abstract Views
1,599
rank
292,660
PlumX Metrics