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Do Adolescents with Emotional or Behavioral Problems Respond to Cigarette Prices?

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  • Erdal Tekin

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    (Georgia State University and NBER, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 3992, Atlanta, GA 30302-3992, USA)

  • Naci Mocan

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    (Department of Economics, Louisiana State University, 2119 Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6306, USA)

  • Lan Liang

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    (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Room 5236 Rockville, MD 20850, USA)

Abstract

Adolescents with mental health problems have much higher rates of smoking than those without such problems. Although a large body of evidence suggests that higher cigarette prices reduce smoking prevalence and the quantity smoked, little is known about the interaction between mental health or behavioral problems and tobacco consumption in the general population or among adolescents. Using a national representative sample of adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and employing validated psychiatric measures of emotional distress and behavioral problems, we estimate the price elasticity of cigarette demand for adolescents who have behavioral or emotional problems. The results indicate that these adolescents are at least as responsive to cigarette prices as adolescents with no emotional or behavioral problems.

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Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 76 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 67-85

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Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:76:1:y:2009:p:67-85

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  1. Resul Cesur & Joseph J. Sabia & Erdal Tekin, 2011. "The Psychological Costs of War: Military Combat and Mental Health," NBER Working Papers 16927, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Naci Mocan & Kaj Gittings, 2010. "The Impact of Incentives on Human Behavior: Can We Make it Disappear? The Case of the Death Penalty," NBER Chapters, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, in: The Economics of Crime: Lessons for and from Latin America, pages 379-418 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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