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Alcohol Regulation and Violence Towards Children

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  • Sara Markowitz
  • Michael Grossman

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In recent years, economists have paid much attention to the demand for alcohol and the negative externalities associated with excessive drinking. Largely ignored in the literature is the link" between alcohol use and domestic violence. Given the established positive relationship between" alcohol consumption and acts of violence, the purpose of this paper is to examine the role changes" in the determinants of the demand for alcohol may play in reducing the incidence of violence aimed" at children. Data on violence come from the 1976 Physical Violence in American Families survey. " We estimate a reduced form demand model in which violent outcomes are affected by the state" excise tax rate on beer, illegal drug prices and other regulatory variables such as availability" measures and laws restricting advertising of alcohol. Results show that increasing the tax on beer" can be an effective policy tool in reducing violence. Laws designed to make obtaining beer more" difficult may also be effective in reducing violence, while restrictions on advertising and increases" in illegal drug prices have no effects.

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  • Sara Markowitz & Michael Grossman, 1999. "Alcohol Regulation and Violence Towards Children," NBER Working Papers 6359, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:6359
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    1. Jane Waldfogel & Christina Paxson, 1999. "Parental Resources and Child Abuse and Neglect," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 89(2), pages 239-244, May.
    2. Brendan O'Flaherty & Rajiv Sethi, 2004. "Robbery and Race," Game Theory and Information 0411005, EconWPA, revised 10 Jan 2005.
    3. David Figlio & Jens Ludwig, 2012. "Sex, Drugs, and Catholic Schools: Private Schooling and Non-Market Adolescent Behaviors," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 13(4), pages 385-415, November.
    4. Christina Paxson & Jane Waldfogel, 2002. "Work, Welfare, and Child Maltreatment," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20(3), pages 435-474, July.
    5. Paul Zimmerman, 2004. "A Theoretical Analysis of Alcohol Regulation and Drinking-Related Economic Crime," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 169-190, September.

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