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Intemperate Spirits

Economic Adaptation during Prohibition

Authors: Kassens, Alice Louise

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  • Provides a new perspective to Prohibition literature by bringing an explicit economic focus
  • Brings economic principles to life through using the engaging lens of the Prohibition era
  • Details the incentives and opportunity costs for a wide array of actors and industries
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Using the basic economic principle of making decisions using a cost-benefit framework—and how changes in one or the other can result in a different decision—this book uncovers how various groups responded to incentives provided by the Prohibition legislation. Using this calculus, it is clear that even criminals are rational characters, responding to incentives and opportunities provided by the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act.  The book begins with a broad look at the adaptations of the law’s targets: the wine, beer, and liquor industries.  It then turns to specific people (Violators, Line Tip-Toers, Enablers, and Hypocrites), sharing their stories of economic adaptation to bring economic lessons to life.  Due to its structure, the book can be read in parts or as a whole and is suitable for short classroom reading assignments or individual pleasure reading. 

About the authors

Alice Louise Kassens is the John S. Shannon Professor of Economics at Roanoke College, USA. She is a Senior Analyst with the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, a Past-President of the Virginia Association of Economists, and a member of the Governor of Virginia’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists. She produces the quarterly reports on consumer sentiment, inflation expectations, and real estate indexes for Virginia and is the founder and director of the Center for Economic Freedom.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intemperate Spirits
Book Subtitle
Economic Adaptation during Prohibition
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25328-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25328-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25327-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 165
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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