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Gender Differences in Smoking Behavior

  • Bauer, Thomas K.



  • Göhlmann, Silja



  • Sinning, Mathias


    (Australian National University)

This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behavior using data from the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). We develop a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method for count data models which allows to isolate the part of the gender differential in the number of cigarettes daily smoked that can be explained by differences in observable characteristics from the part attributable to differences in coefficients. Our results reveal that the major part of the gender smoking differential is attributable to differences in coefficients indicating substantial differences in the smoking behavior between men and women rather than differences in characteristics.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2259.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2006
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Publication status: published in: Health Economics, 2007, 16 (9), 895-909
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2259
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