Smoking and Social Interaction

10 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013

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Sergio Currarini

University of Leicester - Department of Economics; Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia

Elena Fumagalli

University Ca' Foscari of Venice and University of East Anglia

Fabrizio Panebianco

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS); Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS)

Date Written: May 2, 2013

Abstract

Smoking, like many health-related behaviors, has "social" aspects. The smoking habits of my neighbors are likely to shape my own smoking habits, due to what is known in economics as “peer effects.” These complementarities in behavior may result from emulation, joint consumption, conformism, incomplete information and so on. Academics and policy makers seem to universally acknowledge that the social network in which agents are embedded, take decisions and consume, is one of the key elements, together with tastes and various demographics, in determining the smoking behavior of people. This article discusses how accounting for the external effects of smoking (second-hand smoke) and for the concern that people have for their friends and relatives who are exposed to such effects, can help interpret some of the recent trends in smoking behavior, and possibly suggest how to tune anti-smoking policies.

Keywords: Smoking, Social Interaction, Network Effects

JEL Classification: I18, D7, D85

Suggested Citation

Currarini, Sergio and Fumagalli, Elena and Panebianco, Fabrizio, Smoking and Social Interaction (May 2, 2013). Review of Environment, Energy and Economics (Re3), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259713

Sergio Currarini (Contact Author)

University of Leicester - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Leicester LE1 7RH, Leicestershire LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Ca Foscari University of Venice - Dipartimento di Economia ( email )

Cannaregio 873
Venice, 30121
Italy

Elena Fumagalli

University Ca' Foscari of Venice and University of East Anglia ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

Fabrizio Panebianco

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics, Psychology & Social Sciences (CISEPS) ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milano, 20126
Italy

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca - Department of Economics, Management and Statistics (DEMS) ( email )

Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1
Milan, 20126
Italy

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