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Price elasticities revisited: The effect of price changes caused by taxation on the amount of alcohol consumed

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  • Kolosnitsyna, Marina

    (HSE University, Моscow; Russia)

  • Sukhanova, Varvara

    (HSE University, Моscow; Russia)

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Price elasticity is an important indicator of alcohol consumption. The success of an alcohol policy largely depends on how sensitive the demand is to the price. The purpose of this paper is to determine the effect of vodka price changes on the amount of vodka and pure alcohol consumed by Russian citizens exploiting the variation caused by price regulations, and in particular, taxation. Demand for alcohol is sensitive to its price, as abundant research has shown. However, the price of alcohol, in turn, may depend on demand. To overcome the endogeneity, we used a sharp change in excise tax observed in Russia in 2011 to model the price of vodka using the regression kink design. Based on nationally representative households and individual survey data, we also used the Arellano–Bond method to take into account habit formation. Our results are close to those obtained in other countries but differ from price elasticity values calculated in some work based on Russian data. The results confirm the effectiveness of the tax policy in those years when it increased the real prices of alcohol.

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  • Kolosnitsyna, Marina & Sukhanova, Varvara, 2023. "Price elasticities revisited: The effect of price changes caused by taxation on the amount of alcohol consumed," Applied Econometrics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), vol. 69, pages 28-47.
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    Keywords

    alcohol consumption; excise tax; price elasticity; regression kink design; Arellano–Bond method; Russia.;
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    JEL classification:

    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • H39 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Other
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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