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U.S. alcohol taxes: too high, too low, or just right?
Dr. James Fogarty
Senior Lecturer
School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Western Australia

4–6 pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Robert Mondavi Institute For Wine and Food Science Sensory Theatre
Reception with Dr. Fogarty to follow the presentation.

This is a free event but please just let us know if you will attend: jbarker@ucdavis.edu

ABSTRACT.  Some public health researchers argue that alcohol taxes should be set at a rate that drives externality costs to zero.  Other, more moderate voices have argued that alcohol specific taxes should be calculated as total externality cost divided by total alcohol consumption.  However, both these approaches fail to consider the welfare losses alcohol taxes place on both moderate consumers and heavy consumers.  Welfare maximizing alcohol tax rates require consideration of both the externality cost savings due to higher prices, and the welfare losses such taxes place on consumers.  Here, a model is presented and calibrated that shows the welfare maximizing tax rates for beer, wine, and spirits in most U.S. states are substantially different from current alcohol tax rates.  Welfare maximizing tax rates are also shown to vary substantially across States and beverage types.  This variation is driven by differences in the externality costs associated with the consumption of each beverage, and differences in the proportion of moderate and heavy consumption in each State.

 

Past Events


AN EVENING WITH SOME ITALIANS
Discussing European wine policy and tasting Chianti Classico wines

November, 2014

Pests, Germs and Seeds: The Economics of Policies, Programs, and Technologies for Managing Agricultural Pests and Diseases
March, 2014

Is Georgia the next ‘new’ wine-exporting country?
Kym Anderson, University of Adelaide, Australian National University and CEPR
January, 2013
Presentation slides and paper available here.

Beeronomics: The Economics of Beer and Brewing
November 3, 2011
Symposium materials available here: http://aic.ucdavis.edu/cwe/beeronomics.html

Dinastia Vivanco: Giving back to wine what wine has given to us.
A documentary directed by Zev Robinson on the Wine, Wineries and Winemakers of Dinastia Vivanco in Rioja, Spain.

The Economics of Food, Health and Nutrition: International Comparisons, Analysis, and Roles for Government  February 2011
Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia

Outlook and Issues for the World Wine Market
   June 25th, 2010
Symposium, UC Davis, June 2010

2010 AAWE Conference   June 25th, 2010
Conference, UC Davis, June 2010

Farm and Food Policy and Obesity workshop   May 21st, 2010
Workshop, UC Davis, California, May 2010

“World is Fat” author Popkin speaks at UC Davis    May 20th, 2010
Lecture, UC Davis, May 2010

Inaugural Seminar, by Julian Alston
On August 31, 2009, the RMI Center for Wine Economics hosted a seminar presentation by Professor Jill McCluskeyof Washington State University. McCluskey presented a paper on “The Economics of Nested Names: Name Specificity, Reputations, and Price Premia.” The paper is an econometric study of the determination of price premia associated with reputation for experience goods such as wine. The empirical application is the California wine industry. The seminar presentation was followed by a reception at the RMI.

Competitive Forces Affecting the Wine and Winegrape Industries
An International Conference on World Wine Markets
August 8-10, 2007
University of California, Davis
Conference Presentations

 

       

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