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Activity Number: 423
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Business and Economic Statistics Section
Abstract - #307380
Title: Total Alcohol Expenditure in the United States: Federal Economic Statistics and Industry Data
Author(s): Gary Huang*+ and Nebiyu Taddese and Andrey Vinokurov
Companies: ICF Macro and U.S. Department of the Treasury and ICF Macro
Address: Beltsville Drive, Calverton, MD, 20705, USA
Keywords: alcohol consumption ; alcohol expenditure ; federal statistics ; trade organization statistics

Alcohol beverage consumption has broad implications in public health, trade, and government taxing. The estimated U.S. total alcohol consumption varies by data sources. This analysis examines federal statistics on alcohol expenditure in 1998-2008 and compare them with the commercial trade organization's statistics to assess the discrepancies and explore related factors. The federal sources are: the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and the Food and Beverage Expenditure Series produced by the Economic Research Services (ERS). The industry data are from the Beverage Information Group (BIG). The analysis may help document the differences between government and private statistics in total consumption measured in dollar amount and alcohol quantity.

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