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A publication of AAEA

A publication of AAEA
Beer, Policy, and a Changing Global Market

Beer, Policy, and a Changing Global Market

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Theme Overview: Beer, Policy, and a Changing Global Market

Joshua Berning and Michael P. McCullough

Beer and brewing is a fundamental economic and now cultural component of society that has evolved significantly over time. This theme explores aspects of the global beer market, including the role of globalization and complex regulatory systems in economic growth, structural changes in the brewing industry, and beer’s emergence as a component of food culture.

Beer Consumption and Trade in an Era of Economic Growth and Globalization

Johan Swinnen

Decreasing consumption in traditional beer-drinking countries and strong growth in emerging economies and in countries that traditionally consumed wine or spirits have created convergence in global alcohol consumption patterns and a rise in beer trade.

The US Brewing Industry from Farm to Pint

Joshua Berning and Michael P. McCullough

Beer production has always been directly linked to available agricultural inputs and local policy. This article offers a brief overview of changes in the U.S. brewing industry over the past 40 years, from agricultural inputs and the regulatory environment to industry structure and growth by size and region.

What Do Beer Laws Mean for Economic Growth?

Trey Malone and Martin Stack

After describing some of the negative impacts of heavy drinking, we present a brief history of American beer laws. Recent research on the economic consequences of modern regulations suggests that while some beer laws might reduce alcohol consumption, they often generate many unintended consequences.

Can Beer Consumption be Part of a Healthy Diet?

Michael P. McCullough and Richard Volpe

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines show consumers how to calculate a standard drink for different types of alcohol but do not describe potential health benefits. We discuss current literature on health benefits of beer consumption and how policy might better inform consumers about healthy consumption.