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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Matteo Migheli: University of Turin, http://www.est.unito.it/
Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers from University of Turin
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.
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