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|Title:||Using cigarette taxes when smokers are heterogeneous [electronic resource]|
Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
|Keywords:||Smoking;economics;Smoking;prevention & control;Smoking Cessation;methods;Smoking Cessation;psychology;Taxes;Tobacco use;Statistics;Cigarettes;Taxation|
|Publisher:||Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University|
|Series/Report no.:||CHEPA working paper series ; 07-10|
|Abstract:||I use a unique dataset to estimate the relationship between time preferences, social capital, and the decision to start and quit smoking. I find impatient respondents do not differ much from patient ones, but quasi-hyperbolic respondents tend to smoke more often and have much more difficulties quitting. I also find that trust in the community protects from starting and helps quitting, but sense of control encourages starting smoking. These preliminary results strongly suggest that smokers form a heterogeneous population: I argue that such heterogeneity means that taxes on cigarettes are a blunt and inefficient instrument of public health--Author.|
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|Appears in Collections:||CHEPA Working Paper Series|
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