Love Conquers All but Nicotine: Spousal Peer Effects on the Decision to Quit Smoking
Ali Palali () and
Jan van Ours ()
No 2015-048, Discussion Paper from Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research
If two partners smoke, their quit behavior may be related through correlation in un- observed individual characteristics and common external shocks. However, there may also be a causal effect whereby the quit behavior of one partner is affected by the quit decision of the other partner. We use data on Dutch partnered individuals to study the relevance of such spousal peer effects. After controlling for common unobserved heterogeneity and common external shocks, we find that such spousal peer effects in the decision to quit smoking do not exist. Apparently, love conquers all but nicotine addiction.
Keywords: smoking cessation; causal partner effects (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 I0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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