Publication in: Fall 2022 Issue

Drink up to earn more? Perhaps.
Abby Parks, Nick Speer and Thomson Meeks
Faculty Mentor(s):
Jie Ma
Abstract / Summary:
When considering the effect of alcohol on one's employment, it can be easy to assume that these simply are two opposing forces. That analysis would certainly appear logical at face value but likely conveys an incomplete narrative. This opposing forces model assumes that the only effects of alcohol consumption are chemical reactions in one's body which lead to an altered mental state, overlooking the cultural payload and benefits of imbibing. Our research seeks to use respondent level data to add nuance to the relationship between alcohol consumption and labor market outcomes. We examine the effects of weekly level of alcohol consumption on wages, the reduction of productivity associated with binge drinking, and how these effects are realized differently across gender, race and level of education.
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