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Health Selection and the Effect of Smoking on Mortality

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  • Adda, Jérôme

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    (European University Institute)

  • Lechene, Valerie

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    (University College London)

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We show that individuals who are in poorer health, independently from smoking, are more likely to start smoking and to smoke more cigarettes than those with better non-smoking health. We present evidence of selection, relying on extensive data on morbidity and mortality. We show that health based selection into smoking has increased over the last fifty years with knowledge of its health effects. We show that the effect of smoking on mortality is higher for high educated individuals and for individuals in good non-smoking health.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6206.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Publication status: published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2013, 115 (3), 902-931
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