Gender Differences in Smoking Behaviour
Thomas K. Bauer
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)
Australian National University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5848
This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behaviour 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 behaviour between men and women rather than differences in characteristics.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, count data models, SOEP, smoking, gender differences
JEL Classification: C25, I12working papers series
Date posted: November 16, 2006
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