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The Effect of Lone Motherhood on the Smoking Behaviour of Young Adults


  • Marco Francesconi
  • Stephen P. Jenkins
  • Thomas Siedler


We provide evidence that living with an unmarried mother during childhood raises smoking propensities for young adults in Germany.

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  • Marco Francesconi & Stephen P. Jenkins & Thomas Siedler, 2009. "The Effect of Lone Motherhood on the Smoking Behaviour of Young Adults," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 217, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwsop:diw_sp217

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    1. Carmel Hannan & Brendan Halpin, 2014. "The Influence of Family Structure on Child Outcomes: Evidence for Ireland," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 45(1), pages 1-24.
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    6. Helmut Rainer & Timo Hener & Thomas Siedler & Anita Fichtl, 2013. "Politische Sozialisation im Wandel? Zusammenhang von Familienstruktur und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement," ifo Schnelldienst, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(17), pages 30-38, September.
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    smoking; lone parent; childhood family structure; divorce; unobserved heterogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J18 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Public Policy

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