Are There Differential Effects of Price and Policy on College Students` Drinking Intensity?

13 Pages Posted: 27 May 2006

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k J. Chaloupka

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Henry Wechsler

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jenny Williams

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Abstract

This article investigates the impact of campus bans on alcohol use and the price of alcohol on college students` drinking intensity. The impact of a campus ban on drinking appears to depend on the ability of students to substitute off-campus access to alcohol for on-campus access. Where few off-campus alternatives exist, campus bans reduce the odds that a student becomes a heavy drinker but have no impact on the odds of transitioning from abstainer to drinker. Where off-campus alternatives are more plentiful, campus bans are less effective. Increasing the price of alcohol appears to be equally effective at reducing the likelihood of drinking and heavy drinking. (JEL)

Suggested Citation

Chaloupka, k J. and Wechsler, Henry and Williams, Jenny, Are There Differential Effects of Price and Policy on College Students` Drinking Intensity?. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 78-90, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=904730

K J. Chaloupka

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Henry Wechsler

Harvard University - T.H. Chan School of Public Health ( email )

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Boston, MA MA 02115
United States

Jenny Williams

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.economics.unimelb.edu.au/staffprofile/jwilliams.htm

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