Drinking and schooling

Philip J. Cook*, Michael J. Moore

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We employ the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data to explore the effect of youthful drinking on years of schooling and on the likelihood of college graduation. Our instruments for youthful drinking include the state beer tax and the minimum purchase age. Reduced form equations are also estimated. Our results indicate that heavy drinking in high school reduces the average number of years of schooling completed following high school. Other things equal, students who spend their high school years in states with relatively high taxes and minimum age are more likely to graduate from college.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-429
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1993


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Demand for schooling
  • Excise taxes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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