Gender Differences in Smoking Behavior

21 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2006

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Silja Göhlmann

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen)

Thomas K. Bauer

Rhine-Westphalia Institute for Economic Research (RWI-Essen); University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Mathias Sinning

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behavior using data from the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP). We develop a Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method for count data models which allows to isolate the part of the gender differential in the number of cigarettes daily smoked that can be explained by differences in observable characteristics from the part attributable to differences in coefficients. Our results reveal that the major part of the gender smoking differential is attributable to differences in coefficients indicating substantial differences in the smoking behavior between men and women rather than differences in characteristics.

Keywords: Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition, count data models, SOEP, smoking, gender

JEL Classification: C25, I12

Suggested Citation

Göhlmann, Silja and Bauer, Thomas K. and Sinning, Mathias, Gender Differences in Smoking Behavior (August 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2259, RWI Discussion Paper No. 44, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=928802

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