Smoking within the Household: Spousal Peer Effects and Children's Health Implications

Canta, Chiara and Dubois, Pierre (2011) Smoking within the Household: Spousal Peer Effects and Children's Health Implications. TSE Working Paper, n. 11-260

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This paper studies spousal peer effects on the smoking behaviour and their implication for
the health of children through passive smoking. Smoking decisions are modeled as equilibrium
strategies of an incomplete information game within the couple. Using data from the French
Health Survey 2002-2003, we identify two distinct effects linked to spousal behaviour: a smoking
enhancing effect of smoking partners and a smoking deterring effect of non smoking partners.
On the one hand, having a smoking partner might make smoking more valuable because of
the possibility of smoking together. On the other hand, having a non smoking partner might
reduce the utility of smoking because the smoker partially internalises the nuisance imposed
on the partner. An implication of these findings is that the smoking behaviour could differ
qualitatively in couples in which both partners smoke and in which just one partner smokes. This
interpretation is supported by our finding that the respiratory health of children is negatively
affected only if both parents smoke.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: October 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking, Social Interaction, Simultaneous Game Model, Health
JEL codes: C31 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions
D10 - General
I12 - Health Production - Nutrition, Mortality, Morbidity, Suicide, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Disability, and Economic Behavior
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 13:20

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