Price elasticities of alcohol demand: evidence from Russia.


Goryakin, Y; Roberts, B; McKee, M; (2014) Price elasticities of alcohol demand: evidence from Russia. The European journal of health economics, 16 (2). pp. 185-99. ISSN 1618-7598 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10198-014-0565-9

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Abstract

: In this paper, we estimate price elasticities of demand of several types of alcoholic drinks, using 14 rounds of data from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey-HSE, collected from 1994 until 2009. We deal with potential confounding problems by taking advantage of a large number of control variables, as well as by estimating community fixed effect models. All in all, although alcohol prices do appear to influence consumption behaviour in Russia, in most cases the size of effect is modest. The finding that two particularly problematic drinks-cheap vodka and fortified wine-are substitute goods also suggests that increasing their prices may not lead to smaller alcohol consumption. Therefore, any alcohol pricing policies in Russia must be supplemented with other measures, such as restrictions on numbers of sales outlets or their opening times.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 24535047
Web of Science ID: 350308500008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559941

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