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The More Children You Have the More Likely You Are to Smoke? Evidence from Vietnam


  • Mohamed Arouri

    () (LEO - Laboratoire d'économie d'Orleans - UO - Université d'Orléans - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Adel Ben Youssef

    () (GREDEG - Groupe de Recherche en Droit, Economie et Gestion - UNS - Université Nice Sophia Antipolis - UCA - Université Côte d'Azur - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Cuong Nguyen-Viet

    () (Chercheur indépendant)


There is no doubt that parental smoking can cause health problems for children. It is expected that parents who are aware of the harmful effect of secondhand smoke would decrease parental smoking when having more children. Yet, using instrumental variable regressions and data from the 2006 and 2008 Vietnam Household Living Standard Surveys , we find a very strongly positive and significant effect of the number of children on the probability of households smoking tobacco in Vietnam. Having an additional child increases the probability of households consuming tobacco by approximately 15 percent. These findings imply low awareness levels regarding the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on children " s health in Vietnam and indicate the need for policy action that disseminates knowledge on the harmful effects of smoking.

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  • Mohamed Arouri & Adel Ben Youssef & Cuong Nguyen-Viet, 2016. "The More Children You Have the More Likely You Are to Smoke? Evidence from Vietnam," Post-Print halshs-01302770, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-01302770
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    I31; parental smoking behaviors; children; health; instrumental variable regressions JEL Classifications: I12; O1;

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development

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