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The Economic Determinants Of Alcohol Consumption

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  • Kenneth W. Clements
  • Saroja Selvanathan

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In this paper is presented an analysis of the consumption patterns of beer, wine and spirits for Australia using data for the period 1955/56-1985/86. The validity of the demand theory hypotheses demand homogeneity and Slutsky symmetry has been tested using recently developed distribution• free procedures. The findings were that (i) beer and wine were necessities and spirits a strong luxury; (ii) beer and spirits are specific complements; and (iii) the homogeneity and symmetry hypotheses are acceptable. Preference for wine consumption seems to be independent of preference for beer and spirits.

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Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 35 (1991)
Issue (Month): 2 (08)
Pages: 209-231

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ajarec:v:35:y:1991:i:2:p:209-231

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  1. Deaton, Angus S & Muellbauer, John, 1980. "An Almost Ideal Demand System," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 70(3), pages 312-26, June.
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  1. Kenneth W Clements & Yihui Lan & Xueyan Zhao, 2006. "The Demand for Vice: Inter-Commodity Interactions with Uncertainty," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 06-30, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  2. Petrie, Dennis & Doran, Christopher & Shakeshaft, Anthony & Sanson-Fisher, Rob, 2009. "The demand for intensity versus frequency of alcohol consumption: Evidence from rural Australia," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-01, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  3. Oczkowski, Edward A., 1993. "A Hedonic Price Function for Australian Premium Table Wine," 1993 Conference (37th), February 9-11, 1993, Sydney, Australia 147769, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  4. Joshua Byrnes & Dennis J. Petrie & Christopher M. Doran & Anthony Shakeshaft, 2012. "The Efficiency of a Volumetric Alcohol Tax in Australia," Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Springer Healthcare | Adis, vol. 10(1), pages 37-49.
  5. Geoffrey Kingston & Martin Melecky, 2005. "Currency preferences and the Australian dollar," International Finance 0502006, EconWPA.
  6. Saroja Selvanathan, 2006. "How similar are alcohol drinkers? International evidence," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(12), pages 1353-1362.
  7. Preety Srivastava & Keith R. McLaren & Michael Wohlgenant & Xueyan Zhao, 2014. "Econometric Modelling of Price Response by Alcohol Types to Inform Alcohol Tax Policies," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 5/14, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
  8. Kenneth Clements & Yihui Lan & Xueyan Zhao, 2010. "The demand for marijuana, tobacco and alcohol: inter-commodity interactions with uncertainty," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 203-239, August.
  9. Wittwer, Glyn, 2000. "The Sensitivity Of Wine Industry Outcomes To Model Assumptions In Gst Scenarios," 2000 Conference (44th), January 23-25, 2000, Sydney, Australia 123742, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  10. James Fogarty, 2004. "The Own-Price Elasticity of Alcohol: A Meta-Analysis," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 04-01, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
  11. Jon P. Nelson, 2013. "Does Heavy Drinking by Adults Respond to Higher Alcohol Prices and Taxes? A Survey and Assessment," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 43(3), pages 265-291, December.
  12. Wittwer, Glyn & Anderson, Kym, 1999. "Accounting for Growth in Australia’s Grape and Wine Industries, 1986 to 2003," 1999 Conference (43th), January 20-22, 1999, Christchurch, New Zealand 125043, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  13. E. A. Selvanathan & S. Selvanathan, 2004. "Economic and demographic factors in Australian alcohol demand," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 36(21), pages 2405-2417.

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