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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Occupational Attainment in England


  • MacDonald, Ziggy
  • Shields, Michael A


In this study we provide evidence on the effect of alcohol consumption on occupational attainment in England. To do this we use samples of employees from the Health Survey for England between 1992 and 1996. We find that, owing to the endogenous nature of alcohol consumption, OLS estimates may provide a biased picture of the impact of alcohol consumption on occupational attainment. Using various sets of instrumental variables, we find positive and significant returns to moderate levels of drinking for male and female employees which drop off rapidly as consumption increases. Copyright 2001 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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  • MacDonald, Ziggy & Shields, Michael A, 2001. "The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Occupational Attainment in England," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 68(271), pages 427-453, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:68:y:2001:i:271:p:427-53

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    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity


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