More Bad News for Smokers?: The Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Wages

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, April 1997

Posted: 24 Jan 1997

See all articles by Phillip B. Levine

Phillip B. Levine

Wellesley College; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Tara A. Gustafson

Brattle Group

Ann D. Velenchik

Wellesley College

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Levine, Phillip B. and Gustafson, Tara A. and Velenchik, Ann D., More Bad News for Smokers?: The Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Wages. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, April 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3672

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Tara A. Gustafson

Brattle Group

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Ann D. Velenchik

Wellesley College

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