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Smoking and Social Interaction

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  • Poutvaara, Panu

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    (University of Munich)

  • Siemers, Lars

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    (University of Siegen)

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We study the social interaction of non-smokers and smokers as a sequential game, incorporating insights from social psychology and experimental economics into an economic model. Social norms affect human behavior such that non-smokers do not ask smokers to stop smoking and stay with them, even though disutility from smoking exceeds utility from social interaction. Overall, smoking is unduly often accepted when accommodating smoking is the social norm. The introduction of smoking and non-smoking areas does not overcome this specific inefficiency. We conclude that smoking bans may represent a required (second-best) policy.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2666.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2008, 27 (6), 1503–1515
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Keywords: deviant behavior; guilt aversion; social norms; smoking policy; social interaction;

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