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Rebel with(out) a cause? Inter-generational smoking dependence in Chinese households

Ricardo Gonçalves (), Peter Simmons and Yuanyuan Xie

Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: This paper examines inter-generational (parent-child) dependence and intra-personal smoking persistence within Chinese households. A dynamic bivariate probit specification is estimated using data from the Chinese Health and Nutrition Panel Survey (CHNS). Our results (unsurprisingly) show that, for both parents and children, individual past smoking behaviour increases the risk of smoking today; however, past smoking by the parent (child) reduces the likelihood of a child (parent) smoking today - to the best of our knowledge, a novel inter-generational effect in the literature. Importantly, these results have relevant implications in the design and implementation of policies aimed at reducing smoking prevalence.

Keywords: smoking; inter-generational e¤ects; dynamic probit; anti-smoking policies. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 I12 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-12
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