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Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking: Updated Estimates Using YRBS Data

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  • Benjamin Hansen
  • Joseph J. Sabia
  • Daniel I. Rees

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Using data from the state and national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys for the period 1991-2005, Carpenter and Cook (2008) found a strong, negative relationship between cigarette taxes and youth smoking. We revisit this relationship using four additional waves of YRBS data (2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013). Our results suggest that youths have become much less responsive to cigarette taxes since 2005. In fact, we find little evidence of a negative relationship between cigarette taxes and youth smoking when we restrict our attention to the period 2007-2013.

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  • Benjamin Hansen & Joseph J. Sabia & Daniel I. Rees, 2015. "Cigarette Taxes and Youth Smoking: Updated Estimates Using YRBS Data," NBER Working Papers 21311, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:21311
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    1. Leah K. Lakdawala & David Simon, 2016. "The Intergenerational Consequences of Tobacco Policy," Working papers 2016-27, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
    2. Sabia, Joseph J. & Anderson, D. Mark, 2016. "The effect of parental involvement laws on teen birth control use," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 55-62.
    3. Anderson, D. Mark & Sabia, Joseph J., 2016. "Child Access Prevention Laws, Youth Gun Carrying, and School Shootings," IZA Discussion Papers 9830, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
    4. Skrobotov, Anton (Скроботов, Антон) & Turuntseva, Marina (Турунцева, Марина), 2017. "Testing the Hypothesis of a Unit Root for Independent Panels
      [Тестирование Гипотезы О Наличии Единичного Корня Для Независимых Панелей]
      ," Working Papers 021707, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
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    6. Sabia, Joseph J. & Bass, Brittany, 2015. "Do Anti-Bullying Laws Reduce Youth Violence?," IZA Discussion Papers 9201, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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    JEL classification:

    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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