The Effect of Education on Smoking Behavior: New Evidence from Smoking Durations of a Sample of Twins

36 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2010

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Pierre Koning

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Abstract

This paper analyses the effect of education on starting and quitting smoking, using longitudinal data of Australian twins. The endogeneity of education, censoring of smoking durations and the timing of starting smoking versus that of completion of education are taken into account by the flexible Mixed Proportional Hazard specification. Unobserved effects are assumed to be twin specific and possibly correlated with completed education years. We find that one additional year of education reduces the duration of smoking with 9 months but has no effect on the decision to start smoking.

Keywords: education, duration models, smoking

JEL Classification: C41, I21

Suggested Citation

Koning, Pierre and Webbink, H. Dinand, The Effect of Education on Smoking Behavior: New Evidence from Smoking Durations of a Sample of Twins. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4796, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1570394

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H. Dinand Webbink

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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