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 unobserved individual characteristics and through common 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. If so, there is a spousal peer effect on the decision to quit smoking. We use data containing retrospective information of Dutch partnered individuals about their age of onset of smoking and their age of quitting smoking. We estimate mixed proportional hazard models of starting rates and quit rates of smoking in which we allow unobserved heterogeneity to be correlated across partners. Using a timing of events approach, we determine whether the quitting-to-smoke decision of one partner has a causal effect on the quitting-to-smoke decision of the other partner. We find no evidence of substantial spousal peer effects in the decision to quit smoking. Apparently, love conquers all but nicotine addiction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1710-1727
JournalHealth Economics
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • causal partner effecta
  • smoking cessation

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