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Goodbye smokers' corner: Health effects of school smoking bans

Gregor Pfeifer, Mirjam Reutter and Kristina Strohmaier

No 678, Ruhr Economic Papers from RWI - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, University of Duisburg-Essen

Abstract: We estimate the causal impact of school smoking bans in Germany on the propensity and intensity of smoking. Using representative longitudinal data, we use variation in state, year, age cohort, school track, and survey time for implementation of such smoking bans to identify the effects of interest. The estimates from our multipledifferences approach show that six to ten years after intervention, propensity towards smoking is reduced by 7-16 percent, while the number of smoked cigarettes per day decreases by 8-13 percent. Our results still hold if we account for the clustered data structure by evaluating the effects with randomization inference.

Keywords: school smoking ban; cigarette consumption; treatment effects; difference-in-differences; randomization inference (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 I18 C12 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017
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