Tagged: minimum pricing

Surveying heavy drinkers - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 18, 2015

The latest NZMJ has a couple of pieces on alcohol minimum pricing. The editorial from British Columbia researcher Tim Stockwell lauds minimum pricing’s successes in BC, though I think he there overstates the case – especially where some of his own work in British Columbia makes a hash of things by using regional CPI within B.C. to get differences … Read More

Tax incidence isn’t a subsidy - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 03, 2014

Suppose alcohol excise doubled. As you walked down the supermarket aisle, you saw that excise tax pass-through rates varied from product to product: low-cost product prices didn't go up quite as much as you'd expected they would.Does this mean that supermarkets are subsidising lower-priced products? The University of Sheffield / East Anglia alcohol folks think it does.The findings, published … 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

Minister makes sense on alcohol minimum pricing - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Apr 30, 2014

Note: Eric Crampton at Offsettingbehaviour is an expert on the economics of alcohol consumption in New Zealand, and has posted on this. I purposely wrote this post first (because I have looked at modelling of minimum pricing), then checked out his comments. This post is especially long — sorry. The Ministry of Justice released a report […] … Read More

Minimum prices and mortality risk - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 15, 2013

The latest Stockwell piece on alcohol minimum pricing and alcohol-related fatalities seemed a bit fishy. I was mostly worried about how they ran a panel study that had zero cross-sectional variation in their main regressor of interest and where the main source of time series variation was CPI adjustments to measured prices, but it looked like there were … Read More