Alcohol Prohibition and Cirrhosis
NBER Working Paper No. 9681
This paper uses state-level data on cirrhosis death rates to examine the impact of state prohibitions, pre-1920 federal anti-alcohol policies, and constitutional prohibition on cirrhosis State prohibitions had a minimal impact on cirrhosis, especially during the pre-1920 period. Pre-1920 federal anti-alcohol policies may have contributed to the decline in cirrhosis that occurred before 1920, although other factors were likely substantial influences as well. Constitutional prohibition reduced cirrhosis by about 10-20 percent.
Published: Dills, Angela and Jeffrey K. Miron. “Alcohol Prohibition and Cirrhosis." American Law and Economics Review 6 (2004): 285-318.