Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter
47 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009
Date Written: September 2009
We use instrumental variable methods to investigate whether the impact of parental smoking habits on their children’s smoking decisions is a causal one. We find evidence of same-sex role models in two-parent households: mothers play a crucial role in determining their daughters’ smoking decisions, while fathers’ smoking habits are primarily imitated by their sons.
Keywords: youth smoking, intergenerational habit transmission, multivariate probit, instrumental variables
JEL Classification: I1, C5
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