Market Power

Musings by an academic economist on the power of markets and the power over markets.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Unintended Consequences of Alcohol Restrictions

I expect that alcohol restrictions on college campuses aren’t going to do a lot to stop student drinking. The restrictions, most-likely, shift the activity off campus. Even if c school's restrictions don’t stop the activity, they can probably limit its liability in an unfortunate alcohol-related situation.

It’s an especially prominent issue right now because of the deaths of two students who literally drank themselves to death, one at Colorado State and one at the University of Colorado. The deaths have spurred a call for action. See here.

One student at the University of Missouri was extremely lucky – lucky because of an unintended consequence of Mizzou’s alcohol policy. See this article in the Columbia Daily Tribune.