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Economics and Econometric Seminar Series
Start Date: 11/9/2018Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Date: 11/9/2018End Time: 4:00 PM
Event Description:
Economics and Econometrics Seminar Series

Marc Law                                    
University of Vermont         


Did early twentieth century alcohol prohibition laws affect health and safety? We investigate the contemporaneous mortality consequences of alcohol prohibition regulations introduced in the United States between 1900 and 1920 by taking advantage of temporal and spatial variation in early prohibition laws. We improve on the literature in three ways. First, we reduce measurement error by constructing a new measure of state-level prohibition exposure that adjusts for gaps between when statewide prohibition was enacted and when it became effective and accounts for the fact that dry counties were widespread prior to state or federal prohibition. Second, we gather data on a wider range of mortality outcomes than previously investigated and increase statistical power by aggregating these mortality rates into two summary indices, one that aggregates mortality due to alcohol related disease, the other that aggregates mortality due to poor decisions. Third, we supplement our state-level analysis with an area-level analysis that exploits newly collected data on prohibition exposure and alcohol- related death rates in urban areas that were wet prior to the adoption of state or federal prohibition and non-urban areas that were partially dry. We find that early prohibition laws reduced state-level mortality rates due to alcohol-related causes. These results are robust to the inclusion of state-specific trends and are not driven by overall improvements in mortality. Our findings are corroborated using data on mortality in urban and non-urban areas within states.

Friday, November 9th, 2018
2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
307 Tier 
Location Information:
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry  (View Map)
University of Manitoba - Fort Garry
Winnipeg, MB

University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Tier Building  (View Map)
173 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB

University of Manitoba - Fort Garry - Tier Building  (View Map)
173 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB
Room: 307
Contact Information:
Name: Betty McGregor
Phone: 204.474.6240
Event Type:
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  • Seminars

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