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U.S. Cigarette Demand: 1944-2004

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  • Cheng Kai-Wen

    (University of California, San Francisco)

  • Kenkel Don S

    (Cornell University)

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We analyze individual-level data on cigarette smoking from 23 national cross-sectional surveys conducted by the Gallup Poll from 1944 through 2004. We estimate standard two-part models of cigarette demand as a function of demographics, income, and cigarette prices. Over the sixty year time-span covered in our data, smoking participation falls from almost 50 percent to 22 percent. We find that the influences of key demographic factors on cigarette demand change over time: the gender difference in smoking rates almost disappears, the black-white difference reverses, a strong gradient with schooling emerges, and a negative income elasticity emerges.

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  • Cheng Kai-Wen & Kenkel Don S, 2010. "U.S. Cigarette Demand: 1944-2004," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-21, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:10:y:2010:i:1:n:78
    DOI: 10.2202/1935-1682.2438
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