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Quasi-Experimental Price Elasticities of Cigarette Demand and the Bootlegging Effect

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  • Badi H. Baltagi
  • Rajeev K. Goel

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This paper updates the Lyon and Simon quasi-experimental price elasticities of cigarette demand and studies their sensitivity to changes in the cigarette market over time as well as their sensitivity to the effects of bootlegging. The results indicate a downward trend in these elasticities over time and an upward bias for states where bootlegging exists. However, once the comparison group is modified to include bootlegging-free states only, this difference over time and across groups becomes statistically insignificant.

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  • Badi H. Baltagi & Rajeev K. Goel, 1987. "Quasi-Experimental Price Elasticities of Cigarette Demand and the Bootlegging Effect," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 69(4), pages 750-754.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:69:y:1987:i:4:p:750-754.
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    1. Badi Baltagi & Rajeev Goel, 2004. "State tax changes and quasi-experimental price elasticities of U.S. cigarette demand: An update," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 28(3), pages 422-429, September.
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    5. Rajeev Goel, 2004. "Cigarette demand in Canada and the US-Canadian cigarette smuggling," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(9), pages 537-540.
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    8. Marie C. Thursby & Jerry G. Thursby, 1994. "Interstate Cigarette Bootlegging: Extent, Revenue Losses, and Effects of Government Intervention," NBER Working Papers 4763, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    9. Cohen, Alex & Keiser, David A., 2017. "The effectiveness of incomplete and overlapping pollution regulation: Evidence from bans on phosphate in automatic dishwasher detergent," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 53-74.
    10. Thursby, Jerry G. & Thursby, Marie C., 2000. "Interstate Cigarette Bootlegging: Extent, Revenue Losses, and Effects of Federal Intervention," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 53(1), pages 59-78, March.
    11. Thursby, Jerry G. & Thursby, Marie C., 2000. "Interstate Cigarette Bootlegging: Extent, Revenue Losses, and Effects of Federal Intervention," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 53(n. 1), pages 59-78, March.
    12. Stehr, Mark, 2005. "Cigarette tax avoidance and evasion," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 277-297, March.

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