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Increasing traveller’s allowances in Sweden – how did it affect private imports and recorded sales?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2008 (Swedish)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]


A recent important change in Sweden concerns the quotas for private import of alcoholic beverages. The quotas have been adjusted upwards gradually so that after January 1 2004, there is in practise no upper limit for what a traveller can import, granted that the goods are for private use. It is generally believed that these changes have been followed by a significant rise in traveller’s imports and as a consequence also in per capita consumption. However, no study has made a detailed analysis of what impact the changes in traveller’s allowances actually had on private imports but rather looked at annual trends. For instance, it is not known whether the impact has been immediate or more gradual during the year following the change or whether the size of the quota increases has affected the size of the increases in private imports. Also, there is no analysis of possible different effects by region, i.e., whether the impact was stronger in southern Sweden than in northern Sweden.

Aim: The main aim of this paper is to analyse the consequences of the recent changes in traveller’s allowances in Sweden with focus the impact on private imports, but also considering the effects on recorded sales. The following questions will be addressed: 1. Were any effects found directly after the changes or was there any tendency of delayed effects? 2. Are there differential effects depending on how much the quotas increased and whether the increases concerned sprits, wine or beer? 3. Are there any signs of different effects by region?

Data and method:

Data on private imports were obtained from a monthly telephone surveys that have been conducted between 2001 and 2007, consisting of a sample of 1500 individuals aged 16-80 years each month. The monthly data were aggregated into quarterly observations separately for southern Sweden, mid-Sweden and northern Sweden. Three changes in traveller’s quotas that took place January 1 in 2002, 2003 and 2004 will be studied by comparing subsequent quarters after each change with the same quarters the previous year.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18047OAI: diva2:184569
Presentation på Nordiska Alkohol- och drogforskardagar 21-23 april 2008. Vuoranta, Helsingfors, FinlandAvailable from: 2009-01-23 Created: 2009-01-23 Last updated: 2010-04-29Bibliographically approved

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