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Estimating the Impact of Large Cigarette Tax Hikes: The Case of Maternal Smoking and Infant Birth Weight

Diana S. Lien and William Evans

Journal of Human Resources, 2005, vol. 40, issue 2

Abstract: Using a statistical matching procedure to choose control groups, we find that four states that adopted large cigarette tax hikes had corresponding decreases in smoking participation of pregnant women. Using the tax hike as an instrument for smoking in birth-weight equations and pooling data across experiments, we find that smoking during pregnancy doubles the chance an infant is born with a low birth weight. Our estimates are similar to singleequation estimates where maternal smoking is treated as exogenous.

Date: 2005
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