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Global Alcohol Markets: Evolving Consumption Patterns, Regulations, and Industrial Organizations

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  • Kym Anderson

    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia)

  • Giulia Meloni

    (LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance and Department of Economics, KU Leuven, Leuven 3000, Belgium)

  • Johan Swinnen

    (LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance and Department of Economics, KU Leuven, Leuven 3000, Belgium)

Abstract

For millennia, alcoholic drinks have played an important role in food security and health (both positive and negative), but consumption patterns of beer, wine, and spirits have altered substantially over the past two centuries. So too have their production technologies and industrial organization. Globalization and economic growth have contributed to considerable convergence in national alcohol consumption patterns. The industrial revolution contributed to excess consumption by stimulating demand and lowering the cost of alcohol. It also led to concentration in some alcohol industries, especially brewing. In recent years, the emergence of craft producers has countered firm concentration and the homogenization of alcoholic beverages. Meanwhile, governments have intervened extensively in alcohol markets to reduce excessive consumption, raise taxes, protect domestic industries, and/or ensure competition. These regulations have contributed to, and been affected by, the evolving patterns of consumption and changing structures of alcohol industries.

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  • Kym Anderson & Giulia Meloni & Johan Swinnen, 2018. "Global Alcohol Markets: Evolving Consumption Patterns, Regulations, and Industrial Organizations," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 10(1), pages 105-132, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:anr:reseco:v:10:y:2018:p:105-132
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev-resource-100517-023331
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    globalization of preferences; convergence of national beverage consumption mix; alcohol and health; restrictions on alcohol consumption and production; beverage firm concentration;
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    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco

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