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Impact of Non-Smoking Ordinances on Hospitality Revenues: The Case of Germany

  • Gabriel Ahlfeldt

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    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Wolfgang Maennig

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    (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

Non-smoking ordinances are among the most popular albeit controversial public health-care legislations worldwide. This article provides an empirical assessment of the impact of non-smoking ordinances on bar and restaurant revenues in German Federal States. By application of panel spline regression and difference-in-difference strategies, we find negative impact limited to bars in the very short run. If any, there is a positive impact on total expenditures in the long run, indicating that either consumption pattern has not changed at all or that any reduction in spending by smokers is compensated for by a corresponding increase by non-smokers. These findings support the German – and similar – non-smoking legislations in the sense that positive externalities resulting from reduced health care cost are likely to outweigh the risk to businesses in the hospitality sector, at least in the long run.

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Paper provided by Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg in its series Working Papers with number 026.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Publication status: Published in Hamburg Contemporary Economic Discussions, Issue 26, 2009
Handle: RePEc:hce:wpaper:026
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