Can liberalization of local food marketing channels influence local economies? A case study of West Virginia’s craft beer distribution laws

Trey Malone, Josh Hall


Over the past decade, local food systems have been identified as having a significant influence on regional economies. Using a recent change in West Virginia’s craft beer distribution laws as a case study, we show that although employment might not experience a statistically significant change due to additional legalized marketing channels, wages did experience a significant increase. Our findings suggest that state economies might benefit from reducing restrictions on small, local producers.  

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