Does drinking impair college performance? Evidence from a regression discontinuity approach
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This paper examines the effect of alcohol consumption on student achievement. To do so, we exploit the discontinuity in drinking at age 21 at a college in which the minimum legal drinking age is strictly enforced. We find that drinking causes significant reductions in academic performance, particularly for the highest-performing students. This suggests that the negative consequences of alcohol consumption extend beyond the narrow segment of the population at risk of more severe, low-frequency, outcomes. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
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Carrell, S. E., Hoekstra, M., & West, J. E.