Learning by Brewing: Homebrewing Legalization and the Brewing Industry

15 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2018

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Michael Mccullough

California Polytechnic State University

Joshua Berning

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Colorado State University

Jason L. Hanson

University of Colorado at Boulder

Date Written: January 2019

Abstract

In 1978, H.R. 1337 was signed into Federal law allowing for the home production of beer at the national level forever changing the U.S. brewing industry. Like the repeal of Prohibition, states were granted the right to enact their own homebrewing laws, resulting in a heterogeneous rollout of legalized homebrewing. This research examines the relationship between homebrewing legislation and the growth of the beer industry across the United States, and finds that enacted legislation has had a significant effect on the structure and growth of the brewing industry.

JEL Classification: L51, N42, Q18

Suggested Citation

Mccullough, Michael and Berning, Joshua and Hanson, Jason L., Learning by Brewing: Homebrewing Legalization and the Brewing Industry (January 2019). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 37, Issue 1, pp. 25-39, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3293201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12394

Michael Mccullough (Contact Author)

California Polytechnic State University

Joshua Berning

Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Colorado State University

Department of Economics
Fort Collins, CO 80253-1771
United States

Jason L. Hanson

University of Colorado at Boulder ( email )

1070 Edinboro Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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