International Review of Economics

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 47–85 | Cite as

Alcohol consumption and individual time preferences of Russians

  • Tatiana Kossova
  • Elena Kossova
  • Maria SheluntcovaEmail author
Research Article


This paper explores the relationship between socioeconomic factors—particularly, the rate of time preferences and alcohol consumption in Russia. The rate of time preferences shows an individual’s willingness to delay the utility from consumption to future periods of time. The relationship between this rate and indicators of alcohol consumption is examined separately for men and women. We find significant differences in men’s and women’s patterns of consumption of alcohol. Our findings suggest that the rate of time preferences, along with age, educational level, income, place of residence, and health substantially, affects an individual’s decision to drink alcohol. We show that employment status is endogenous to alcohol consumption and that estimating a system of binary equations is necessary.


Time preference Individual discount rate Drinking alcohol Strong alcoholic beverages Weak alcoholic beverages Russia 

JEL Classification

D9 I1 



This article is an output of a research project implemented as part of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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We confirm that there is no conflict of interest concerning our paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tatiana Kossova
    • 1
  • Elena Kossova
    • 1
  • Maria Sheluntcova
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

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