Gender Differences in Smoking Behaviour

21 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2006

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Thomas K. Bauer

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

Silja Göhlmann

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

Mathias Sinning

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

Date Written: September 2006

Abstract

This paper investigates gender differences in smoking behaviour 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 behaviour between men and women rather than differences in characteristics.

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

JEL Classification: C25, I12

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Thomas K. and Göhlmann, Silja and Sinning, Mathias, Gender Differences in Smoking Behaviour (September 2006). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5848, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=945436

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Silja Göhlmann

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