Love Conquers All But Nicotine: Spousal Peer Effects on the Decision to Quit Smoking
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-048
38 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2015
Date Written: September 28, 2015
If two partners smoke, their quit behavior may be related through correlation in unobserved individual characteristics and common external shocks. However, there may also be a causal effect whereby the quit behavior of one partner is affected by the quit decision of the other partner. We use data on Dutch partnered individuals to study the relevance of such spousal peer effects. After controlling for common unobserved heterogeneity and common external shocks, we find that such spousal peer effects in the decision to quit smoking do not exist. Apparently, love conquers all but nicotine addiction.
Keywords: smoking cessation, causal partner effects
JEL Classification: C31, I10, I18
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