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Role of Education in Cigarette Smoking: An Analysis of Malaysian Household Survey Data

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  • Andrew K.G. Tan
  • Steven T. Yen
  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.

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Heckman's sample selection model is used to examine the role of education on household purchase decisions and expenditures of tobacco products in Malaysia. Results of the marginal effects of education, segmented by ethnic and gender groups, suggest that education decreases the probability, conditional levels and unconditional levels of tobacco expenditures amongst Malaysian households. Specifically, an additional year of education of the household head, irrespective of ethnic or gender considerations, decreases smoking probability by 1.5�percent. However, the negative effect of education seems to be higher for Chinese (US$1.07) than Malay (US$0.26) households in terms of conditional expenditures. Furthermore, education significantly decreases conditional tobacco expenditures within male-headed households. Copyright 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation 2009 East Asian Economic Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by East Asian Economic Association in its journal Asian Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 1-17

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Cited by:
  1. Yen, Steven T. & Shaw, W. Douglass & Yuan, Yan, 2010. "Cigarette smoking and self-reported health in China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(4), pages 532-543, December.
  2. Andrew Tan, 2012. "Distinguishing Between Non-Smokers, Casual Smokers, and Compulsive Smokers: Evidence from Malaysia," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 40(2), pages 173-184, June.

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