Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/182206
Authors: 
Petilliot, René
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 979
Abstract: 
This paper provides the first empirical analysis of the (short-term) welfare consequences of an alcohol ban. Using subjective well-being data to proxy individual welfare, I apply a regression discontinuity design where the date of the implementation of the ban in the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg functions as discontinuity. I find that the ban reduces life satisfaction of the total population and the subpopulation of drinkers, while life satisfaction of nondrinkers is unaffected. My findings are well in line with the rational addiction model perspective.
Subjects: 
Alcohol ban
Well-being
Life satisfaction
Welfare
Addiction
Regression discontinuity design
JEL: 
D04
D60
H30
I31
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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