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A pint a day raises a man's pay; but smoking blows that gain away

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  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

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This paper studies the wage effects of the use of alcohol and tobacco. The analysis based on a recent survey in the Netherlands shows that for males the use of tobacco has a negative wage effect of about 10% while the use of alcohol has a positive wage effect of about the same size. The wages of females are not affected by smoking and drinking.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 473.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2002
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2004, 23 (5), 863-886
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp473

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