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Price Elasticity Estimates for Cigarette Demand in Vietnam

  • Patrick Eozenou


    (European University Institute, Villa San Paolo, Via Della Piazzuola 43, 50133 Florence, Italy)

  • Burke Fishburn

    (World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control.)

In this paper, we analyze a complete demand system to estimate the price elasticity for cigarette demand in Vietnam. Following Deaton (1990), we build a spatial panel using cross sectional household survey data. We consider a model of simultaneous choice of quantity and quality. This allows us to exploit unit values from cigarette consumption in order to disentangle quality choice from exogenous price variations. We then rely on spatial variations in prices and quantities demanded to estimate an Almost Ideal Demand System. The estimated price elasticity for cigarette demand is centered around -0.53, which is in line with previous empirical studies for developing countries.

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Paper provided by Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN), Vietnam in its series Working Papers with number 05.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dpc:wpaper:0509
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