Love Conquers All but Nicotine: Spousal Peer Effects on the Decision to Quit Smoking

Ali Palali, Jan van Ours

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages38
Volume2015-048
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2015-048

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Keywords

  • smoking cessation
  • causal partner effects

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Palali, A., & van Ours, J. (2015). Love Conquers All but Nicotine: Spousal Peer Effects on the Decision to Quit Smoking. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2015-048). Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.