Does unemployment lead to greater alcohol consumption?

Ioana Popovici, Michael French

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Abstract

Using panel data from Waves 1 and 2 of the NESARC, we estimate gender-specific effects of changes in employment status on overall alcohol consumption, binge-drinking episodes, and a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and/or dependence. We employ various fixed-effects models to address potential bias from unobserved and time-invariant individual heterogeneity. All results show a positive and significant effect of unemployment on drinking behaviors, and the findings are robust to numerous sensitivity tests. Perhaps, macroeconomic policy decisions intended to stimulate the economy during economic downturns should also consider the avoided personal costs and externalities associated with alcohol misuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)444-466
Number of pages23
JournalIndustrial Relations
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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Alcohols
Economics
Alcohol consumption
Unemployment
Costs
Employment status
Fixed effects model
Drinking
Binge drinking
Panel data
Macroeconomic policy
Externalities
Economic downturn
Alcohol abuse
Alcohol

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  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial relations

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Does unemployment lead to greater alcohol consumption? / Popovici, Ioana; French, Michael.

In: Industrial Relations, Vol. 52, No. 2, 04.2013, p. 444-466.

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Popovici, Ioana ; French, Michael. / Does unemployment lead to greater alcohol consumption?. In: Industrial Relations. 2013 ; Vol. 52, No. 2. pp. 444-466.
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