Sins of the Mother: The Effect of Early Life Cigarette Taxes on Asthma and Inequality

40 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2020

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Moiz Bhai

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 16, 2020

Abstract

Decades of research have established a link between early life smoke exposure and health at birth. Yet, only a paucity of research has credibly examined outcomes later in childhood. I exploit exogenous variation in state-level cigarette taxes to estimate the causal impact of early life cigarette taxes on multiple measures of children’s well-being such as asthma, asthma severity, and health status. Overall, I find an economically and statistically significant reduction in asthma prevalence. A one dollar increase in state excise taxes reduces the prevalence of asthma by 1.7 percentage points with larger reductions for non-white children and children from poorer households.

Keywords: Asthma, Cigarette Taxes, Health Inequality, Health Status, Children’s Health Gradient, Health Disparities.

JEL Classification: I12, I14, I18

Suggested Citation

Bhai, Moiz, Sins of the Mother: The Effect of Early Life Cigarette Taxes on Asthma and Inequality (July 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652994 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3652994

Moiz Bhai (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Department of Economics ( email )

Little Rock, AR 72205
United States

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