The University of Canterbury and the Brewers Association of Australia and New Zealand today announced an initiative to increase economic rigour in the area of alcohol policy in Australia and New Zealand. Funding from the Brewers Association to the University will allow Dr Eric Crampton to focus more of his time on alcohol policy analysis and research.
Dr. Crampton is Senior Lecturer in Economics in the College of Business & Law. His recent research has focused on the intersection of economics, voter knowledge, and public policy. He has taken particular interest in policy intended to mitigate the costs individuals may impose on others through the tax and public health system. In 2011, he examined popular figures around the social cost of harmful alcohol use in Australia and New Zealand and found they grossly overstated costs to the public purse. He regularly contributes to the Trans-Tasman debate on alcohol policy.