27 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2010
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 suggestive evidence of same-sex role models in two-parent households: mothers play a more crucial role in determining their daughters’ smoking decisions, whereas fathers’ smoking habits are primarily imitated by their sons. This same-sex parent–child link is no longer at play for teenagers living in single-mother households, for whom the influence of their only cohabiting parent turns out to be predominant independently of gender.
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Loureiro, Maria L. and Sanz-de-Galdeano, Anna and Vuri, Daniela, Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter?. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 72, Issue 6, pp. 717-743, December 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711531 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2010.00603.x
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