The Over Time Impacts of Smoke Free Air Ordinances in Texas

43 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2016

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Silda Nikaj

University of Illinois at Chicago

Joshua Miller

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

John A. Tauras

University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

We examine an untested hypothesis that posits that null results in early studies examining the economic impacts of smoking bans were driven by sample selection. Early adopters could better absorb the shock of bans, but among worse selected late adopters bans would adversely impact bars and restaurants. We exploit variation in the timing of ban institution among Texas municipalities and track their impact over time. We find similar adjustments trajectories between late and early adopters, but late adopters appear unaffected by bans in the long-term. Consistent with earlier studies, bans do not significantly affect bar and restaurant sales or establishment level alcohol tax expenditures.

Suggested Citation

Nikaj, Silda and Miller, Joshua and Tauras, John A., The Over Time Impacts of Smoke Free Air Ordinances in Texas (June 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22352, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2797926

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