Cohort, Age and Time Effects in Alcohol Consumption by Italian Households: a Double-Hurdle Approach
This paper describes the life-cycle alcohol consumption patterns of Italian households by decomposing gender, cohort, age and time effects and estimates the importance of demographic characteristics using a double-hurdle model. The application is based on ISTAT households expenditure survey for the period 1997-2002 organized in cohorts. As expected, cohort and age effects are significant in both participation and consumptions. The significance of gender and geographic differences suggests important policy implications.
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