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Parental income and children's smoking behaviour: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

Laura Blow (), Andrew Leicester () and Frank Windmeijer ()
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Laura Blow: Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Surrey

No W05/10, IFS Working Papers from Institute for Fiscal Studies

Abstract: Does money matter? When investigating health behaviour, research often finds a strong positive association between income and healthy behaviour. This could however be due to individual characteristics that determine both income and health investment and is not necessarily due to the role of money per se. In this study we look at this relationship over the generations by studying the association between parental income and children's prevalence to smoke in Britain using data from the British Household Panel Survey and British Youth Survey. We find an inverse relation between parental income and children's smoking prevalence, but when looking at within household changes by comparing sibling's smoking status differences at the same age, we find instead a positive effect. This indicates that within household increases in income lead to an increased probability of smoking of a younger child.

Keywords: Child smoking; Parental income; Panel Data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-05-25
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