Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107554
Authors: 
Marcus, Jan
Siedler, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8763
Abstract: 
Excessive alcohol consumption among young people is a major public health concern. On March 1, 2010, the German state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg banned the sale of alcoholic beverages between 10pm and 5am at off-premise outlets (e.g., gas stations, kiosks, supermarkets). We use rich monthly administrative data from a 70 percent random sample of all hospitalizations during the years 2007-2011 in Germany in order to evaluate the short-term impact of this policy on alcohol-related hospitalizations. Applying difference-in-differences methods, we find that the policy change reduces alcohol-related hospitalizations among adolescents and young adults by about seven percent. There is also evidence of a decrease in the number of hospitalizations due to violent assault as a result of the ban.
Subjects: 
hospital diagnosis statistics
binge drinking
drinking hours
alcohol control policies
difference-in-differences
alcohol
JEL: 
I12
I18
D04
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
2.79 MB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.