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Abstinence, Excess, Success?: Alcohol, Cigarettes, Wedlock and Earnings


  • Sam Cameron
  • Damian Ward


The effects of smoking, drinking and marriage on individuals? earnings are estimated for the UK labour force for 1974, 1984 and 1994. Smokers are found to incur a wage discount; drinkers a wage premium and married individuals a wage premium with a discount for the first child. Such results are interesting given numerous governments? policy interests in the activities of smoothing, drinking and the institution of marriage.

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  • Sam Cameron & Damian Ward, 2000. "Abstinence, Excess, Success?: Alcohol, Cigarettes, Wedlock and Earnings," Economic Issues Journal Articles, Economic Issues, vol. 5(2), pages 37-52, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eis:articl:200cameron

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