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Smoking inequality across genders and socio-economic positions. Evidence from Italian data

Cinzia Novi, Rowena Jacobs and Matteo Migheli ()
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Cinzia Novi: University of Pavia
Rowena Jacobs: University of York
Matteo Migheli: University of Torino

Journal of Bioeconomics, 2020, vol. 22, issue 3, No 3, 177-203

Abstract: Abstract There has been a dearth of literature on smoking inequalities, in spite of its contribution to health inequalities. We exploit Italian individual-level data from repeated cross-sections of the annual household survey, “Aspects of Daily Life,” that was part of the Multipurpose Survey carried out by the Italian National Statistical Office (ISTAT) for the period 1999–2012 to identify the main socio-demographic characteristics that determine smoking inequalities. We use the Concentration Index to identify in which groups smoking is relatively more prevalent. We find that, among men, pro-rich inequality is driven by members of the lower socio-economic positions, while we observe the opposite for women. We encourage policymakers to address the issue of smoking inequalities, which the current policies have largely disregarded.

Keywords: Smoking inequality; Italy; Gender; Socio-economic positions; I14; I18; J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10818-020-09301-9

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