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Alcohol taxes and birth outcomes.
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PMID:  20623000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examines the relationships between alcohol taxation, drinking during pregnancy, and infant health. Merged data from the US Natality Detailed Files, as well as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (1985-2002), data regarding state taxes on beer, wine, and liquor, a state- and year-fixed-effect reduced-form regression were used. Results indicate that a one-cent ($0.01) increase in beer taxes decreased the incidence of low-birth-weight by about 1-2 percentage points. The binge drinking participation tax elasticity is -2.5 for beer and wine taxes and -9 for liquor taxes. These results demonstrate the potential intergenerational impact of increasing alcohol taxes.
Ning Zhang
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of environmental research and public health     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1660-4601     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Environ Res Public Health     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-05     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101238455     Medline TA:  Int J Environ Res Public Health     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1901-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking*
Apgar Score
Ethanol / economics*
Infant, Newborn
Models, Theoretical
Population Surveillance
Pregnancy Outcome*
Risk Factors
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