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Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter

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  • Loureiro, Maria L.

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    (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

  • Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna

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    (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

  • Vuri, Daniela

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    (University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Abstract

We analyze data from the 1994-2002 waves of the British Household Panel Survey to explore the influence of parental smoking habits on their children’s smoking decisions. In order to account for the potential endogeneity of parental smoking habits we use instrumental variable methods. We find that mothers play a crucial role in determining their daughters’ smoking decisions, while fathers’ smoking habits are transmitted primarily to their sons.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2279.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Publication status: published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 72 (6), 717-743
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2279

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Keywords: multivariate probit; intergenerational habit transmission; youth smoking; instrumental variables;

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