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Smoking in Restaurants: Rejoinder to Alamar and Glantz


  • David R. Henderson


In the September 2007 critique of Alamar and Glantz, I argued that smoking in restaurants (and bars) does not constitute an externality and that Alamar and Glantz’s use of cross-sectional data to derive a price/sales ratio did not show us a meaningful picture of what happened before and after the California smoking ban. Here I show that Alamar and Glantz’ reply mainly failed to engage my main points. I end with a challenge.

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  • David R. Henderson, 2008. "Smoking in Restaurants: Rejoinder to Alamar and Glantz," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 5(2), pages 163-168, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:5:y:2008:i:2:p:163-168

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    1. Benjamin C. Alamar & Stanton A. Glantz, 2007. "Smoking in Restaurants: A Reply to David Henderson," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 4(3), pages 292-295, September.
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    Smoking; smoke-free; externalities; restaurants;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • D62 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Externalities
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights
    • K32 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Energy, Environmental, Health, and Safety Law
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation


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