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Smoking Inequality across Genders and Socio-economic Classes. Evidence from Longitudinal Italian Data

Cinzia Di Novi, Rowena Jacobs and Matteo Migheli ()
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Cinzia Di Novi: Department of Economics and Management, University of Pavia
Rowena Jacobs: Centre for Health Economics, University of York
Matteo Migheli: University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto

No 152, DEM Working Papers Series from University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management

Abstract: There has been a dearth of literature on smoking inequalities, in spite of its contribution to health inequalities. We exploit longitudinal Italian individual-level data to identify the main socio-demographic characteristics that determine smoking inequalities. We use the Erreygers Concentration Index to identify in which groups smoking is relatively more prevalent. We find that, among men, pro-poor prevalence is driven by members of the lower socio-economic classes, 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; social classes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I14 I18 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-02
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