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Goodbye Smokers’ Corner: Health Effects of School Smoking Bans

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  • Gregor Pfeifer
  • Mirjam Reutter
  • Kristina Strohmaier

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We study the impact of school smoking bans on individual health behavior in Germany. Using a multiple difference-in-differences approach in combination with randomization inference, we find that for individuals affected by a smoking ban during their school time, the propensity toward smoking declines by 14–22 percent, while the number of smoked cigarettes per day decreases by 19–25 percent. After elaborating on treatment effect heterogeneity and intensity, we evaluate spillovers to smoking behavior of nontreated individuals living in the same household.

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  • Gregor Pfeifer & Mirjam Reutter & Kristina Strohmaier, 2020. "Goodbye Smokers’ Corner: Health Effects of School Smoking Bans," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 55(3), pages 1068-1104.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:55:y:2020:i:3:p:1068-1104
    Note: DOI: 10.3368/jhr.55.3.1217-9246R3
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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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