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Craft Beer as a Means of Economic Development: An Economic Impact Analysis of the Michigan Value Chain

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Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Community, Food & Environment Institute, Michigan State University Extension, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Business and Industry Liaison, Minnesota Sea Grant, Duluth, MN 55812, USA
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Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Beverages 2019, 5(2), 35; https://doi.org/10.3390/beverages5020035
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 17 March 2019 / Accepted: 15 April 2019 / Published: 2 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Brewing and Craft Beer)
While many studies have suggested the beer value chain might be a vehicle for economic growth, few have estimated the economic impacts of craft beer to a geographic region. As such, this study uses modified input/output analysis to identify the economic contributions of instate beer production to the Michigan economy. We find that the beer value chain generated nearly $500 million in Gross State Product in 2016, contributing nearly $1 billion as well as 9738 jobs in total aggregate economic contributions. The results suggest that state governments might generate economic growth by creating a business climate that is conducive to the growth of the instate beer value chain. View Full-Text
Keywords: craft beer; local value chain; economic contribution analysis craft beer; local value chain; economic contribution analysis
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Miller, S.R.; Sirrine, J.R.; McFarland, A.; Howard, P.H.; Malone, T. Craft Beer as a Means of Economic Development: An Economic Impact Analysis of the Michigan Value Chain. Beverages 2019, 5, 35.

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