More Bad News for Smokers?: The Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Wages
INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, April 1997
Posted: 24 Jan 1997
Using National Longitudinal Survey of Youth data, the authors examine the effect of smoking on wages. Their analysis controls for differences in observed and unobserved individual characteristics that may be correlated with both smoking and wages, person-specific characteristics that are constant over time, and unobservable characteristics that are constant within a family. Estimates from alternative specifications indicate that smoking reduced wages by roughly 4-8%. Empirical tests of three potential explanations for this finding yield no conclusive results.
JEL Classification: J31, I19
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