How do beer prices vary across different pubs? An empirical study

Shakina, Ekaterina and Cabras, Ignazio (2022) How do beer prices vary across different pubs? An empirical study. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 34 (5). pp. 1984-2003. ISSN 0959-6119

ShakinaCabras_2022.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.

Download (5MB) | Preview
Official URL:


This paper investigates the impact of pubs and breweries’ attributes on beer prices by exploring and examining the variation of beer prices across pubs in York, United Kingdom.Data gathered from five surveys of pubs conducted between 2012 and 2020 are used to test six research hypotheses analysing how factors such as location, type of ownership and management of pubs, beers' characteristics and breweries’ attributes affect beer prices in the on-licence market.Beer packaging, type of brewery, pubs’ ownership and management all have a significant impact on beer prices, with beer on average cheaper in premises owned by pub companies and breweries compared to independently owned pubs.Findings can have implications in the first instance, on current fiscal policies affecting beer prices and, on a broader scale, regulating alcohol consumption.Understanding beer price mechanisms in the pub sector offers valuable insights to practitioners and policymakers about designing and delivering policies and actions aimed at halting the decline of pubs in UK.This study is the first providing an empirical analysis of beer price mechanisms within the pub sector at such a granular level; findings have important implications for pubs and on-licence businesses, and for local communities and economies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public houses, beer prices, craft breweries, price adjustment mechanisms
Subjects: N400 Accounting
N800 Tourism, Transport and Travel
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 14:52
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 08:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics