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Smoking and early retirement due to chronic disability

Tommy Bengtsson and Anton Nilsson

Economics & Human Biology, 2018, vol. 29, issue C, 31-41

Abstract: This paper considers the long-term effects of smoking on disability retirement in Sweden. Smoking is known to have damaging effects on health, but there is limited evidence on how the effects of smoking translate into worse labour market outcomes, such as the inability to work. In contrast to the few previous studies on smoking and disability retirement, we use a large population sample with registry information on smoking, which is recorded for all women who give birth in Sweden. Thanks to these comprehensive data, we are able to account for a much broader range of potential confounders. In particular, by the use of sibling and twin fixed effects, we account for unobserved heterogeneity in childhood environment and family characteristics. Given that smoking is often initiated in adolescence, one would suspect such factors to play important roles.

Keywords: Smoking; Disability retirement; Specific conditions; Siblings; Twins (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 J26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2017.12.005

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