Tagged: Jennie Connor

Independent is an interesting word - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 14, 2014

I presented to the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship a few months back with a brief submission on recent evidence on the effects of alcohol advertising on consumption behaviour.One pretty compelling recent piece of evidence is Jon Nelson's recent meta-analysis, published in 2011. The abstract:This paper presents a meta-analysis of prospective cohort (longitudinal) studies of … Read More

Seeing what you want to see: Minimum pricing edition - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 05, 2014

Before we start working through Otago's latest missive on minimum alcohol pricing, let's re-state a few baseline facts.Heavy drinkers are less price responsive than are moderate drinkers. This is well established in Wagenaar's metastudy, and is recognized (but then later ignored) in the Ministry of Justice's report on alcohol minimum pricing. Here's a table from that MoJ report. Heavy … Read More

Drinking Ed. - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 05, 2014

In the latest ODT, Jennie Connor makes a series of interesting claims.Let's take them in turn.She says ''education and persuasion strategies'' are popular with policymakers, governments and the public ''because it seems to make sense''.''The problem with them - they don't work. There's no evidence that they work.''And, that, she says, is an ''international consensus'', based on research done … Read More

Data? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 26, 2013

I'm curious where Jennie Connor's gotten her numbers for this one: University of Otago Preventive and Social Medicine head Prof Jennie Connor, who is the chairwoman of a university group set up to tackle problem drinking, said students were drinking more heavily than they did 10 years ago. ''In the last 10 years, there has been an increase in … Read More