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

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Ali Palali

Tilburg University - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 28, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Palali, Ali and van Ours, Jan C., Love Conquers All But Nicotine: Spousal Peer Effects on the Decision to Quit Smoking (September 28, 2015). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-048. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2666544 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2666544

Ali Palali (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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