Canta, Chiara and Dubois, Pierre (2015) Smoking within the Household: Spousal Peer Effects and Children’s Health Implications. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances), vol. 15 (n° 4). pp. 1939-1973.

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We study spousal peer effects on smoking and their implication for the health of children. Smoking decisions are modeled as equilibrium strategies of an incomplete information game within the couple. Using French data, we identify two peer effects: a smoking enhancing effect of smoking partners and a smoking deterring effect of non-smoking partners. An implication of these findings is that the smoking behavior may differ qualitatively in couples where both partners smoke and where only one partner smokes. This interpretation is supported by our finding that, controlling for total tobacco consumption of parents, the respiratory health of children is negatively affected only if both parents smoke.

Item Type: Article
Sub-title: Spousal Peer Effects and Children’s Health Implications
Language: English
Date: September 2015
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: smoking, social interaction, simultaneous game model, health
JEL Classification: 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: 05 Nov 2015 15:10
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 15:31
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