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Parental income and children's smoking behaviour: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

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  • Laura Blow

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Andrew Leicester

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)

  • Frank Windmeijer

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Bristol)

Abstract

Does money matter? When investigating health behaviour, research often finds a strong positive association between income and healthy behaviour. This could however be due to individual characteristics that determine both income and health investment and is not necessarily due to the role of money per se. In this study we look at this relationship over the generations by studying the association between parental income and children's prevalence to smoke in Britain using data from the British Household Panel Survey and British Youth Survey. We find an inverse relation between parental income and children's smoking prevalence, but when looking at within household changes by comparing sibling's smoking status differences at the same age, we find instead a positive effect. This indicates that within household increases in income lead to an increased probability of smoking of a younger child.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W05/10.

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Length: 15 pp.
Date of creation: May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:05/10

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Keywords: Child smoking; Parental income; Panel Data;

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  1. Miranda, Alfonso & Bratti, Massimiliano, 2006. "Non-Pecuniary Returns to Higher Education: The Effect on Smoking Intensity in the UK," IZA Discussion Papers 2090, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Sutherland, Alex, 2012. "Is parental socio-economic status related to the initiation of substance abuse by young people in an English city? An event history analysis," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 74(7), pages 1053-1061.
  3. I. Edoka ;, 2011. "Parental Income and Smoking Participation in Adolescents: Implications of misclassification error in empirical studies of adolescent smoking participation," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 11/29, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
  4. Edoka, I.P.;, 2012. "Decomposing Differences in Cotinine Distribution between Children and Adolescents from Different Socioeconomic Backgrounds," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 12/29, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.

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