Comment - Alcohol advertising in magazines and youth readership: Are youths disproportionately exposed?

Michael Siegel, Charles King, Joshua Ostroff, Craig Ross, Karen Dixon, David H. Jernigan

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Abstract

This article investigates the relationship between alcohol advertising in magazines and youth readership, while controlling for a set of magazine and readership variables related to the demand for advertising space. It reconstructs and reanalyzes a data set including count data for alcohol ads placed in 28 magazines in 2001-2003 that was the basis for a previous study, which concluded that alcohol advertisers do not target youths. We address the problem of collinearity in that data set and add an explanatory variable to explicitly model the hypothesis that alcohol advertising is preferentially directed to a young adult audience. We find that the number of alcohol advertisements in magazines increases significantly with the proportion of youth readers, even after controlling for young adult readership. Our results indicate that youths are disproportionately exposed to alcohol advertising and that reducing youth exposure to alcohol advertising remains an important public policy concern. (JEL L82, L66, M37)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-492
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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