Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter?

27 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2010  

Maria L. Loureiro

Istituto Universitario de Estudos e Desenvolvemento de Galicia (IDEGA), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daniela Vuri

University of Rome Tor Vergata; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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

Maria L. Loureiro (Contact Author)

Istituto Universitario de Estudos e Desenvolvemento de Galicia (IDEGA), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela ( email )

Complejo Docente - Campus Universitario de Lugo
Lugo, A Coruña 15704
Spain

Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daniela Vuri

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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