Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter

29 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2006

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Maria L. Loureiro

Istituto Universitario de Estudos e Desenvolvemento de Galicia (IDEGA), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Daniela Vuri

University of Rome Tor Vergata; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Date Written: August 2006

Abstract

We analyze data from the 1994-2002 waves of the British Household Panel Survey to explore the influence of parental smoking habits on their children's smoking decisions. In order to account for the potential endogeneity of parental smoking habits we use instrumental variable methods. We find that mothers play a crucial role in determining their daughters' smoking decisions, while fathers' smoking habits are transmitted primarily to their sons.

Keywords: youth smoking, intergenerational habit transmission, multivariate probit

JEL Classification: I1, C5

Suggested Citation

Loureiro, Maria L. and Sanz De Galdeano, Anna and Vuri, Daniela, Smoking Habits: Like Father, Like Son, Like Mother, Like Daughter (August 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 2279. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=928836

Maria L. Loureiro

Istituto Universitario de Estudos e Desenvolvemento de Galicia (IDEGA), Universidade de Santiago de Compostela ( email )

Complejo Docente - Campus Universitario de Lugo
Lugo, A Coruña 15704
Spain

Anna Sanz De Galdeano

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Edifici B - Campus Bellaterra
Barcelona, 08193
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Daniela Vuri (Contact Author)

University of Rome Tor Vergata ( email )

Via di Tor Vergata
Rome, Lazio 00133
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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