The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples
Jakob Everding and
Jan Marcus ()
EconStor Open Access Articles, 2020, 154-170
Although unemployment likely entails various externalities, research examining its spillover effects on spouses is scarce. This is the first paper to estimate effects of unemployment on the smoking behavior of both spouses. Using German Socio-Economic Panel data, we combine matching and difference-in-differences estimation, employing the post-double-selection method for control variable selection via Lasso regressions. One spouse's unemployment increases both spouses' smoking probability and intensity. Smoking relapses and decreased smoking cessation drive the effects. Effects are stronger if the partner already smokes and if the male partner becomes unemployed. Of several mechanisms discussed, we identify smoking to cope with stress as relevant.
Keywords: job loss; post-double-selection method; risky health behaviors; smoking; spillover effects; unemployment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/214634/1/E ... Health_Economics.pdf (application/pdf)
Journal Article: The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples (2020)
Working Paper: The Effect of Unemployment on the Smoking Behavior of Couples (2019)
Working Paper: The effect of unemployment on the smoking behavior of couples (2019)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:zbw:espost:214634
Access Statistics for this article
More articles in EconStor Open Access Articles from ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ().