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Individual Heterogeneity in Alcohol Consumption: The Case of Beer, Wine and Spirits in Australia

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  • PREETY RAMFUL
  • XUEYAN ZHAO

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This paper examines the effects of socioeconomic and demographic factors on Australian individuals' participation in beer, wine and spirits consumption using unit-record data during 1991-2001. A trivariate probit formulation allows for participation in the three alcoholic beverages to be modelled jointly accounting for correlation via unobserved personal characteristics. Own and cross price elasticities are estimated for both unconditional and conditional participation probabilities. While the three beverages are commonly considered closely related economic goods, we find that they relate to rather heterogenous population groups and the correlations via the unobservable characteristics are low in magnitude. Copyright © 2008 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 84 (2008)
Issue (Month): 265 (06)
Pages: 207-222

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:84:y:2008:i:265:p:207-222

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  1. John Freebairn, 2010. "Special Taxation of Alcoholic Beverages to Correct Market Failures," Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers 2010-06, University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre.
  2. Preety Srivastava & Xueyan Zhao, 2010. "What Do the Bingers Drink? Microeconometric Evidence on Negative Externatilities of Alcohol Consumption by Beverage Types," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 1/10, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
  3. Xueyan Zhao, 2010. "What Do the Bingers Drink? Micro-unit Evidence on Negative Externalities and Drinker Characteristics of Alcohol Consumption by Beverage Types," Wine Economics Research Centre Working Papers 2010-07, University of Adelaide, Wine Economics Research Centre.
  4. Yen, Steven T. & Yuan, Yan & Liu, Xiaowen, 2009. "Alcohol consumption by men in China: A non-Gaussian censored system approach," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 162-173, June.
  5. Andrew Tan & Steven Yen & Rodolfo Nayga, 2009. "Factors Affecting Alcohol Purchase Decisions and Expenditures: A Sample Selection Analysis by Ethnicity in Malaysia," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 149-159, June.
  6. 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.

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