Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/203124
Authors: 
Marcus, Jan
Siedler, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Volume:] Journal of Public Economics [ISSN:] 0047-2727 [Volume:] 123 [Pages:] 55-77
Abstract: 
Excessive alcohol consumption among young people is a major public health concern. On March 1, 2010, the German state of Baden-Württemberg 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% 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 7%. There is also evidence of a decrease in the number of hospitalizations due to violent assault as a result of the ban.
Subjects: 
Binge drinking
Drinking hours
Alcohol control policies
Difference-in-differences
Hospital diagnosis statistics
Alcohol
JEL: 
I12
I18
D04
Published Version’s DOI: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Accepted Manuscript (Postprint)

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