Smoking Risks in Spain: Part Ii - Perceptions of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Externalities

51 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2001

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Joan Rovira

Autonomous University of Barcelona - Department of Economics

W. Kip Viscusi

Vanderbilt University - Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics; Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management; Vanderbilt University - Strategy and Business Economics

Fernando Antoñanzas

University of La Rioja - Department of Economy and Business

Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Warren Hart

Soikos

Irineu de Carvalho Filho

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: November 2000

Abstract

Previous studies of smoking risk beliefs have focused almost exclusively on risks to the smoker. Using an original set of survey data from Spain, we examine the public's perceived risks from exposures to environmental tobacco smoke. The risk categories considered included lung cancer, heart disease, life expectancy loss, and low birth weight for children of smoking mothers. Risk beliefs were quite high, often dwarfing scientific estimates of the risk. The results are consistent with overestimation of risks from highly publicized, low probability events.

JEL Classification: D81, I10, K2

Suggested Citation

Rovira, Joan and Viscusi, W. Kip and Antoñanzas Villar, Fernando and Costa-Font, Joan and Hart, Warren and de Carvalho Filho, Irineu, Smoking Risks in Spain: Part Ii - Perceptions of Environmental Tobacco Smoke Externalities (November 2000). Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 305. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=255890 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.255890

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Joan Costa-Font

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Warren Hart

Soikos ( email )

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Irineu De Carvalho Filho

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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