The Effects of Daughters on Health Choices and Risk Behaviour
AbstractLittle is known about why some human beings make risky life-choices. This paper provides evidence that people's health decisions and addictive actions are influenced by the gender of their children. Having a daughter leads individuals -- in micro data from Great Britain and the United States -- to reduce their smoking, drinking, and drug-taking. The paper's results are consistent with the hypothesis that human beings 'self-medicate' when under stress.
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Addictive behaviour; gender; daughters; smoking; drinking; attitudes.;
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- NEP-ALL-2010-03-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-03-20 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2010-03-20 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-03-20 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
- NEP-NEU-2010-03-20 (Neuroeconomics)
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Blog mentionsAs found by EconAcademics.org, the blog aggregator for Economics research:
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by Miguel in Simoleon Sense on 2010-03-25 01:26:14
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by Kevin Denny in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-03-24 01:43:00
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