Smoking Risks in Spain: Part II - Perceptions of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Externalities
Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Economics
W. Kip Viscusi
Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics
Univeristy of La Rioja - Department of Economy and Business
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Irineu De Carvalho Filho
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 305
Previous studies of smoking risk beliefs have focused almost exclusively on risks to the smoker. Using an original set of survey data from Spain, we examine the public's perceived risks from exposures to environmental tobacco smoke. The risk categories considered included lung cancer, heart disease, life expectancy loss, and low birth weight for children of smoking mothers. Risk beliefs were quite high, often dwarfing scientific estimates of the risk. The results are consistent with overestimation of risks from highly publicized, low probability events.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 51
JEL Classification: D81, I10, K2working papers series
Date posted: January 10, 2001
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