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The Private Market for Accommodation: Determinants of Smoking Policies in Restaurants and Bars


  • John Dunham

    () (John Dunham and Associates)

  • Michael L. Marlow

    (California Polytechnic State University)


This study finds an active private market in accommodation of smokers and nonsmokers in Wisconsin restaurants. Empirical analysis indicates that a large number of factors underlie owner decisions regarding how to allocate seating to non-smoking use. Owners not only base their decision on the number of smokers in their community, but also consider customer occupations, presence of children, and whether businesses are located in college towns, as well as type of restaurant and whether the establishment has a general liquor license. Business age, numbers of seats, and membership in a corporate chain also underlie decisions made in the private market for accommodation. Government smoking restrictions that are less than bans overturn all of the factors that owners previously found critical to their choices of accommodation policies, except for the number of smokers in their client base. These findings indicate that an active private market in accommodation is consistent with diversity of smoking policies.

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  • John Dunham & Michael L. Marlow, 2004. "The Private Market for Accommodation: Determinants of Smoking Policies in Restaurants and Bars," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 30(3), pages 377-391, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:30:y:2004:i:3:p:377-391

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    Cited by:

    1. Bauer, Christian & Lingens, Jörg, 2009. "Smoking Bans in the Presence of Social Interaction," Discussion Papers in Economics 10593, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    2. Richard Thalheimer & Mukhtar M. Ali, 2008. "The Demand For Casino Gaming With Special Reference To A Smoking Ban," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(2), pages 273-282, April.
    3. Tami Gurley-Calvez & George W. Hammond & Randall A. Childs, 2014. "Labor Market Impacts Of Smoking Regulations On The Restaurant Industry," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 32(4), pages 681-694, October.
    4. Eric Thompson & Ellen J. Hahn & Glenn Blomquist & John Garen & Don Mullineaux & Nola Ogunro & Mary K. Rayens, 2008. "Smoke-Free Laws And Employee Turnover," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 26(3), pages 351-359, July.

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior


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