Essays in health economics and labor economics

Ali Palali

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The economics literature presents a growing number of studies focusing
on risky health behaviors such as tobacco use or cannabis use. One of the
most important characteristics of these risky health behaviors is that they
harm the users and the people around the users, causing great social
and economic costs. Therefore, in this dissertation, the author focuses on
research questions on tobacco and cannabis use.
The first two chapters focus on tobacco use. The first chapter investigates
the spousal peer effects on the decision to quit smoking in couples to see
if the quit decision of one partner affects the other. The second chapter
investigates the effects of early smoking on labor market performance,
by paying special attention to the possible effects through educational
The last two chapters focus on cannabis, or as it is called in the USA
marijuana use. The third chapter investigates the effects of geographical
distance to Dutch coffeeshops, retail outlets from which residents can
purchase cannabis, on the starting age of cannabis use. Finally, the last
chapter analyzes the determinants of the support for cannabis legalization
policies to see if the personal experience with cannabis use shapes the
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Tilburg University
  • van Ours, Jan, Promotor
  • Abbring, Jaap, Promotor
Award date7 Sept 2015
Place of PublicationTilburg
Print ISBNs9789056684464
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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