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Alcoholic beverages as determinants of traffic fatalities

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  • José Mª Arranz

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    (Departamento de Economía, Universidad de Alcalá.)

  • Ana I. Gil

    (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.)

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The most important contribution of this research lies in considering the impact of wine, beer and liquors on the ratio of traffic fatalities because each kind of alcoholic beverage is characterized by different ethanol content. The data, drawn for case of Spain, validate our theoretical hypothesis. Our findings support the strategy of incrementing alcohol taxes in order to reduce the negative externalities of alcohol abuse. However, it is necessary to implement non-economic policies because of the existence of collateral effects (positive crossed price elasticities).

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Paper provided by Universidad de Alcalá, Departamento de Economía. in its series Alcamentos with number 0803.

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Length: pages 12
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:alc:alcamo:0803

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Keywords: Fatalities; alcoholic beverages; sanctions;

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