Behavioural Economics and Drinking Behaviour: Preliminary Results from an Irish College Study

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Liam Delaney

University College Dublin (UCD) - Geary Institute and Department of Economics

Colm P. Harmon

The University of Sydney - School of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Patrick Wall

University College Dublin (UCD)

Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

This paper examines the results of single-equation regression models of the determinants of alcohol consumption patterns among college students modelling a rich variety of covariates including gender, family and peer drinking, tenure, personality, risk perception, time preferences and age of drinking onset. The results demonstrate very weak income effects and very strong effects of personality, peer drinking (in particular closest friend), time preferences and other substance use. The task of future research is to verify these results and assess causality using more detailed methods.

Keywords: alcohol, peer effects, time preferences

JEL Classification: I12

Suggested Citation

Delaney, Liam D. and Harmon, Colm P. and Wall, Patrick, Behavioural Economics and Drinking Behaviour: Preliminary Results from an Irish College Study (June 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2883. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=999532

Liam D. Delaney

University College Dublin (UCD) - Geary Institute and Department of Economics ( email )

Newman Building (Room G215)
Belfield, Dublin 4
Ireland

Colm P. Harmon (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney - School of Economics ( email )

Rm 370 Merewether (H04)
Sydney, NSW 2006 2008
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Patrick Wall

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

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