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The passive drinking effect: Evidence from Italy

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  • Martina Menon

    (Department of Economics - University of Verona - Università degli Studi di Verona)

  • Federico Perali

    (Department of Economics - University of Verona - Università degli Studi di Verona)

  • Luca Piccoli

    (PJSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

Abstract

This paper investigates whether consumption of alcoholic beverages affects distribution of resources among household members. We refer to this effect, highlighting the negative impact that alcohol addicted individuals can have on other household members wellbeing. To investigate this issue we rely on the collective framework and estimate a structural collective demand system. Our results show that for Italian households a high level of alcohol consumption influences the allocation of resources in favour of the husband, with a larger effect in poor households. This evidence implies that alcohol consumption is not only an individual problem. Public costs that are transferred to the other household members should be taken into account when designing social policies.

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  • Martina Menon & Federico Perali & Luca Piccoli, 2008. "The passive drinking effect: Evidence from Italy," PSE Working Papers halshs-00586686, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:psewpa:halshs-00586686
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    1. Chavas, Jean-Paul & Menon, Martina & Pagani, Elisa & Perali, Federico, 0. "Collective household welfare and intra-household inequality," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society.
    2. Mangiavacchi, Lucia & Piccoli, Luca, 2011. "Improving the measurement of child welfare in the context of intra-household inequality," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 226-232, February.
    3. Lucia Mangiavacchi & Luca Piccoli, 2009. "Child welfare and intra-household inequality in Albania," Working Papers 149, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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